Consecrated Life

“The joy of Christians, and especially of consecrated men and women, is a very clear sign of Christ’s presence in their lives.” Pope Francis  

Consecrated life

“The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit. By the profession of the evangelical counsels the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one — are made constantly "visible" in the midst of the world and the eyes of the faithful are directed towards the mystery of the Kingdom of God already at work in history, even as it awaits its full realization in heaven.” (John Paul II, VITA CONSECRATA 1)

It is the way of life chosen by those who dedicate themselves to God by making lifelong vows of poverty, chastity and obedience (called “evangelical counsels”). The call to consecrated life is motivated by the love of God and desire to follow Jesus with greater freedom.


Forms of consecrated life

There are varied ways of expressing a desire to follow Christ, including Religious Life, Societies of Apostolic Life, Secular Institute, Consecrated Virgins and Hermits.

The evangelical counsels (of charity, poverty and obedience) have a wide range of expressions in the Church and all are inspired by the Holy Spirit. Each form of consecrated life has its own spirituality and charism, and its own way of living out the evangelical counsels.

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Find a Community


Communities (Religious Institutes, Societies of Apostolic Life, Monastic Life, Secular Institutes) that are active in and around the Diocese of Broken Bay are listed below

Communities of Women
Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Australia RSC
Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady Help of Christians OLHC
Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth CSFN
Dominican Sisters of Tam Hiep
Ecclesial Women
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Loreto Sisters IBVM
Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (Marist Missionary Sisters) SMSM
Passionist Sisters of St Paul of the Cross CP
Sisters of Mercy RSM
Sisters of St Brigid - Brigidine Sisters
Sisters of St Joseph
Sisters of St Paul de Chartres
Sisters of the Good Samaritan
Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict SGS
Society of Australian Congregations of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Wagga)
The Federation of Dominican Sisters of Australia OP
Vietnamese Dominican Sisters

Communities of Men
Capuchin Friars OFM Cap
Congregation of Christian Brothers CFC
Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament SSS
Congregation of the Brothers of St Patrick (Patrician Brothers) FSP
Congregation of the Missionaries of St Charles Scalabrinians CS
Congregation of the Order of St Benedict OSB
Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists) CP
Franciscan Friars OFM
Marist Brothers FMS
Order of Discalced Carmelites OCD
Order of Preachers - Dominicans OP
Order of St Augustine OSA
Pacific Vice Province of Mary Help of Christians of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel CSMA
Patrician Brothers FSP
Redemptorists C.Ss.R.
Society of the Divine Saviour - Salvatorians SDS
Society of the Divine Word SVD
Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart MSC
St Columbans Mission Society SSC
The Society of Jesus SJ
Opus Dei

For an extensive list of communities in Australia check Vocation Directory


Vocational Stories 

Sophie Boffa (Holy Name Parish, Wahroonga) shares her vocation story. 




Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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