Though not a Sacrament, vowed, religious life, lived in community is an important and ancient vocation for some Christian women and men. This life can take the shape of active communities of sisters or brothers and priests who teach in schools, colleges and universities, care for the sick and elderly in hospitals, hospices, and various forms of healthcare facilities or do missionary work in our country or in the foreign missions.
Monastic life is another form of vowed religious life dedicated to prayer for the Church. Nuns and monks live in community lives of meditation and prayer marked by the eight canonical hours each day. They support themselves through manual labor and products that are sold to the general populace. Examples of such Orders include the Benedictines, Carthusians and Carmelites.
Are you being called by Christ to serve in vowed community life?
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