Deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ
The Office for Consecrated Life is concerned with the life and mission of consecrated women and men in the Diocese of Harrisburg. We look to the Church’s vision of consecrated life as expressed in the words of Pope John Paul II in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Vita Consecrata.
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. (# 1)
This Office gratefully acknowledges the remarkable contributions made by consecrated men and women in the Church as it seeks to support the living of the consecrated life and the selfless service of those consecrated in the life of the diocese.
The Consecration of Virgins is among the oldest sacramentals of the Catholic Church. Through this sacramental, a woman renews her resolve to live in perpetual virginity for God and is set aside as sacred, espoused to Christ and belonging to him alone. It is God Himself who accepts her resolution and makes it spiritually fruitful by the power of the Holy Spirit. For more information go to: http://consecratedvirgins.org/
Since all the baptized share a common relationship with God, all are called to be “religious” or holy in the broad sense of the word. Some men and women, however, choose to live a particular lifestyle called religious or consecrated life. They follow a specific tradition or spirituality patterned after the life and teaching of the founder of their community. A community can include sisters or brothers, or priests, who share a common vision and mission. They profess evangelical vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Everyday, they make time for prayer, ministry, and community.
There are over 300 consecrated women ministering as sisters and nuns in the Diocese of Harrisburg, in parishes, schools, health care centers, prisons, nursing homes and spiritual centers.
- Adorers of the Blood of Christ
- Bernardine Franciscan Sisters
- Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy — (856) 697-2983
- Discalced Carmelite Nuns
- Dominican Sisters of Perpetual Rosary — (717) 569-2104
- Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm
- Felician Franciscan Sisters
- Guadalupan Missionaries of the Holy Spirit — (305) 642-9544
- Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart — (610) 929-0695
- Sisters of Christian Charity
- Sisters of Mercy
- Sisters of SS. Cyril & Methodius
- Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia
- Sisters of St. Joseph — www.ssjphila.org or www.stjoseph-baden.org
- Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — http://ihm.marywood.edu/ or www.ihmimmaculata.org
There are over 30 priests ministering in the Diocese of Harrisburg in parishes, schools, health care centers and prisons.