The quest for discovering God's call for your life should be paramount. Nothing is more important. There can be no doubt that a person's earthly fulfillment and ultimate happiness greatly depend on properly discerning God's will, especially in terms of the particular vocation a man or woman may choose. VocationSearch is designed to help you discover more than 150 Catholic religious communities with its unique searchable database.
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Institute on Religious Life (IRL) Affiliates are religious communities, other institutes of consecrated life and Catholic colleges which have agreed to collaborate with the IRL in carrying out its mission and purpose. Affiliates are subjected to a thorough evaluation by the IRL board to ensure they meet criteria of orthodoxy and viability.
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IRL's VocationSearch program enables visitors to find information on more than two hundred selected Catholic religious/consecrated communities throughout the United States and beyond. Using one of the most advanced searchable databases for Catholic communities on the Web, VocationSearch reveals information on communities' charisms, apostolates, prayer life and formation programs.
Three searches — keyword, advanced, and Affiliates, include IRL-Affiliated communities. A fourth search, "Women by Location" and "Men by Location," includes not only IRL Affiliates but also selected non-Affiliate communities. The non-Affiliate list includes only contact information. The Affiliate list contains a profile of the community.
Going to college and think you may have a vocation to religious/consecrated life? Check out the profiles of our affiliated Catholic colleges, including
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Thomas Aquinas College, Christendom College, Holy Apostles College & Seminary, and Benedictine College.
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