The term 'religious life' describes a dedication of life to God. Those who commit make vows of life-long celibacy, poverty and obedience. They usually live together in community, in order to support each other in prayer, ministry and providing for each other.
There are several different religious orders, each of which contriutes a particular gift to the Church. Some live in enclosed convents or monaterys whereas some work in education, health-care or evangelisation. Each religious congregation is a public witness to one particular way of following Christ.
Click here to read some amazing interviews with a variety of religious people, answering questions such as why that particular order, the rewards and challenges and the best piece of advice they've ever been given.
If you are part of a religious order and would like to share your story about how to came to that particular order and what is involved then please email us. We would love to hear from you!
God is love. He longs for our love also. One form of loving surrender to God is to live as Jesus did - poor, chaste and obedient. Someone who lives in this way has head, heart and hands free for God and neighbour