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Did you know? Consecrated men, women represent 65 congregations in archdiocese

March 20, 2015
Sister Rosina Conrotto, PBVM

As an added feature marking the Vatican’s Year of Consecrated Life, Catholic San Francisco will periodically present “Did You Know?” a column highlighting an aspect of consecrated life in the Catholic Church. Is there something about consecrated life that you would like to know? Please contact Presentation Sister Rosina Conrotto, director of the archdiocesan Office of Consecrated Life, at (415) 614-5535 or conrottor@sfarchdiocese.org. The Year of Consecrated Life began Nov. 30, 2014, and will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, Feb. 2, 2016.

Those living the consecrated life are women and men religious who have professed the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a response to God’s call to be of service to the people of God and a sign of God’s love. The Archdiocese of San Francisco is blessed to have women and men religious representing more than 65 congregations serving in a variety of ministries, sharing their spirituality and living in community.

Among the religious there are those who are called to a contemplative life living in a cloister and devoting themselves to lives of prayer; there are those who are called to the apostolic life giving witness to their lives of prayer by direct service through ministries of education, health care, social work, parish ministry and works of peace and justice. All serve others in the spirit of Jesus.

Other forms of consecrated life include those called to be hermits to live in seclusion from the world, in solitude, prayer, and penance, in praise of God and for the salvation of others. Another form is that of consecrated virgins who dedicate their lives to God while continuing to live in the world. They continue with their career and ordinarily live independently.

Here are the women religious communities serving in the archdiocese:

Congregation of the Holy Family of Kerala Quinhon Missionary Sisters; Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth; Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; Daughters of Carmel; Religious of the Virgin Mary; Daughters of Charity of Canossa; Sacro Costato Missionary Sisters; Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

Salesian Sisters; Daughters of Mary and Joseph; Sisters of Charity of Blessed Virgin Mary; Daughters of St. Paul; Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; Discalced Carmelite Nuns (Cloistered); Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur; Dominican Nuns (Cloistered); Sisters of Social Service of Los Angeles.

Dominican Sisters of Adrian Michigan; Sisters of St. Francis of Penance/Charity; Dominican Sisters of the Mary Mother of the Eucharist; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet; Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose; Sisters of Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange; Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.

Sisters of the Good Shepherd; Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines; Sisters of the Holy Faith; Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady of Peace; Sisters of the Holy Family; Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist; Sisters of the Holy Names; Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.

Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; Little Sisters of the Poor; Sisters of the Presentation ; Misioneras del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus y de Maria;Sisters of the Presentation, Union de Santa Maria de Guadalupe; Sisters of Society of Helpers.

Missionaries of Charity; Ursuline Nuns of the Roman Union; Missionaries of the Mother of God; Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity; Nuns of Perpetual Adoration (Cloistered); Oblate Sisters of Jesus the Priest.

Here are the men religious communities serving in the archdiocese:

Brothers of Christian Schools; Order of St. Benedict; Capuchin Franciscans; Paris Foreign Mission Societ; Carmelite Friars; Paulist Fathers; Contemplatives of St. Joseph; Salesians of Don Bosco; Conventual Franciscans; Society of Catholic Apostolate; Dominican Friars.

Society of Christ; Franciscan Friars; Society of Jesus; Holy Ghost Fathers; Society of Mary – Marists; Missionaries of the Precious Blood; Society of St. Sulpice; Order of St. Augustine; Society of the Divine Word.

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