Join us in celebrating
Religious Life Sunday
The Episcopal Church, The Anglican Church of Canada, and throughout the world
What is Religious Life Sunday?
The General Convention of The Episcopal Church approved resolution 2022-B004, “Foundation of Religious Life Sunday,” to be held each year on the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany. This observance focuses our efforts to tell all Episcopalians and Anglicans about our monastic and Christian Communities and what we offer the church.
Are you longing for spiritual companionship and for resources to help on your spiritual journey? Are you seeking to deepen your relationship with God and to center your life on Christ?
We believe that religious life has something to offer everyone!
As monks and nuns, sisters and brothers in religious life, we are trained and formed by traditions and practices that foster spiritual growth and discernment. The communities that we build among ourselves spill over in love as we offer hospitality to all in Christ's name. We teach about prayer, lead retreats, give spiritual direction, give guidance in writing and living a rule of life, make presentations about the spiritual journey, and provide spiritual friendship. We are also eager to welcome new members to enter into our life and to carry forward our ministries and traditions.
VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS LIFE
Members of monastic communities live together under a rule of life and under life vows such as poverty, chastity, and obedience.
To learn more, visit: caroa.net.
Members of Christian Communities are from all walks of life, live in their own homes, have jobs and families, and form unified, vowed communities.
To learn more, visit: naecc.net.
Resources for Religious Life Sunday
Written Resources for Religious Life Sunday
Connect with a Religious Community
Religious communities provide spiritual friendship and guidance, and our monastic communities offer retreats. You may want to establish a deeper relationship with one community by becoming an associate or oblate. You or someone you know may have a vocation to religious life. Details and contact information are on the websites below.
Religious Speakers' Bureau List
Invite a monk or nun, sister or brother to preach or give a presentation to your group or at your church. We can talk about religious life and teach about many spiritual topics. We are also are available to give meditations and to lead retreats and quiet days.
Speakers are available in person or online.
See the attached list:
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Sr. Monica Clare, CSJB
Superior, Community of Saint John the Baptist
Collect for Monastics and Vocations
O Lord Jesus Christ, you became poor for our sake, that we might be made rich through your poverty: Guide and sanctify, we pray, those whom you call to follow you under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, that by their prayer and service they may enrich your Church, and by their life and worship may glorify your Name; for you reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 819
Photo: Sr. Ellen Francis, OSH