"I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband." 

2 Cor 11:2


"The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit. By the profession of the evangelical counsels the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one — are made constantly "visible" in the midst of the world and the eyes of the faithful are directed towards the mystery of the Kingdom of God already at work in history, even as it awaits its full realization in heaven.

In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father's call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ, in order to devote themselves to him with an "undivided" heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:34). Like the Apostles, they too have left everything behind in order to be with Christ and to put themselves, as he did, at the service of God and their brothers and sisters. In this way, through the many charisms of spiritual and apostolic life bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, they have helped to make the mystery and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have contributed to the renewal of society."  St. John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, 1

Dear brothers and sisters: let us constantly return, with our vocation, with our consecration, to the depths of the Paschal Mystery. Let us present ourselves at Christ’s Cross next to his Mother. Let us learn our vocation from her. Did not Christ himself say: “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Mt 12:50)?
— St. John Paul II, Letter to all Consecrated persons

Sermon on the religious life. What is it? Who is called? What do you do if you think you are called? Father speaks on the virtues of this state in life. Pray for more to have the courage to go this route.

Consecrated Life: Religious Men and Women tell their Story. A CaFE film produced by the National Office for Vocation © 2014 Film also available for download on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/112480330 Like our Facebook page 'NOV UK' or follow us on Twitter '@ukvocation' for updates on vocation news and events.

What order?  Where do I look?  Here are some helpful links to different orders:

Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious 

Leadership Conference of Women Religious