The most familiar form of consecrated life is that of religious institutes-priests, brothers or sisters who belong to a religious order or community. They make public vows (evangelical counsels) to live like Jesus in poverty, chastity, and obedience.
There are hundreds of religious communities/orders, many dating back several centuries, some only a few years old, all founded to respond to a particular need of the time.Each community or institute, while sharing many similar characteristics, has a unique charism or spirit that identifies it and gives ita special focus.They share a common vision and spirituality going back to their founder.
Some religious belong to contemplative institutes. These members, often called monks or nuns, focus on prayer and meditation rather than going out into the world to work among the people.
We are fortunate to have our own religious order of contemplative sisters called the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood. Their monastery is located in Watertown. Over the years, thousands of faithful have sought their prayers for various needs. Because the Sisters do not leave their monastery to work, they are available to daily pray for the needs of our diocese and especially for an increase of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.