Catholic Religious Orders and Communities

Vocations for Men and Women

This list of Catholic religious orders and religious communities includes traditional and Catholic monastic orders, but also secular institutes and societies of apostolic life. (We have titled it simply "Catholic Religious Orders and Communities" because "Religious Orders" or "Religious Communities" are the most common names used.) This list of religious orders and communities is nowhere near exhaustive. We would like to extend this list to include all communities notable for faithfulness to the magisterium of the Catholic Church and to the charism of their founders. Additions to the list are welcome.

Previously we had a short list of vibrant Catholic religious communities. In the event that it is helpful, we leave it linked from this page.

Books on Religious Orders and Religious Life

Catholic Religious Orders for Women

Catholic Religious Orders for Men

Late or Older Vocations (Some religious communities that accept older men or women--though many communities in fact sometimes make exceptions to a general policy of not accepting older applicants, the communities listed here either have a more general policy of readiness to accept older vocations, or do so more frequently than others.)

Late Vocations for Women

Late Vocations for Men

Traditional Latin Mass Catholic Religious Orders and Communities

Priesthood (Mostly diocesan websites)

Late Vocations to the Priesthood

Links to other directories of Roman Catholic religious orders and communities



Books on Religious Orders and Religious Life

Catholic Religious Orders and Communities for Women

Catholic Religious Orders and Communities for Men

Late Vocations for Women

Late Vocations for Men

Sites on the Priesthood

Directories of Roman Catholic religious orders and communities



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