Consecrated Religious Life:

Second & third (Secular) orders

"And after these things the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and he sent them two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself was to come. And he said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest. Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house."

~Luke 10: 1-5


"In virtue of their rebirth in Christ there exists among all the Christian faithful a true equality with regard to dignity and the activity whereby all cooperate in the building up of the Body of Christ in accord with each one's own condition and function."

The very differences which the Lord has willed to put between the members of his body serve its unity and mission. For "in the Church there is diversity of ministry but unity of mission. To the apostles and their successors Christ has entrusted the office of teaching, sanctifying and governing in his name and by his power. But the laity are made to share in the priestly, prophetical, and kingly office of Christ; they have therefore, in the Church and in the world, their own assignment in the mission of the whole People of God." Finally, "from both groups [hierarchy and laity] there exist Christian faithful who are consecrated to God in their own special manner and serve the salvific mission of the Church through the profession of the evangelical counsels."

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 872-873

A Nun's Life Ministry

A Nun’s Life Ministry was founded by Catholic Sisters Maxine Kollasch and Julie Vieira in 2006. This online faith community and nonprofit ministry reaches out with a pastoral presence to thousands of people worldwide each day. The website at aNunsLife.org is a place where you can talk with Catholic sisters and nuns and lots of other people on topics such as spirituality, prayer, community, ministry, and more.(Blogs, podcasts, vocation resources, how to become a nun, how to discern a vocation, and many others!)


#Nunday Video Series

The #Nunday Video Series includes sisters from several congregations, sharing their stories. 

Carmelite Order Official Website

Everything you need to know about the Order of Carmelites. Lots of information to browse through here, including information on how to discern a vocation.

religious vocation website

This website is full of useful information to help one discern a call to religious life. The differences between a vocation to marriage and religious life are compared, as well as differences in religious orders. There are many helpful links and video testimonies. A list of religious orders in the U.S.A. is also provided with contact information.

The Centre for Teresian Carmelite Education and Spirituality

A not-for-profit Corporation, based in Toronto, Ontario, for the purpose of advancing the teachings of Carmelite Spirituality of the Catholic faith and the religious tenets, doctrines, observances and culture associated with the faith. It is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of Discalced Carmelite Friars and Discalced Carmelite Seculars. The Centre is supported by charitable donations. 

All educational services are offered by qualified Carmelite Friars and Carmelite Seculars who have received the Carmelite charism, and volunteer their time and talents to teach and share their Carmelite spirituality with those interested in deepening their spiritual life.
Offers: Workshops and Seminars on Carmelite Spirituality, Bible Studies, Prayer groups, Retreats, Days of Reflection, Spiritual Direction and Counselling to Seminarians and Permanent Deacons, Spiritual Direction and Counselling to members, Distribution and sale of Spiritual Writings at cost price (non-profit), Missions in Parishes

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

The official websites for the Secular Orders of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS).