Pictures (Contemplative)

Videos (Contemplative)


Please be aware, the following list is not intended to be exhaustive, nor would we necessarily recommend every community on this list. It is just meant to provide a small sampling of what is available. Keeping in mind the limits of online research, we, as usual, encourage our readers to visit every community their hearts so feel inclined to visit.

Contemplative Orders

Benedictine Monks of San Benedetto, Norcia, Italy
Clear Creek Benedictine Monastery, Hulbert, Oklahoma
Benedictines of the Immaculate, Italy
Benedctine Monks of Saint Vincent Archabey , Pennsylvania [see also link]
Carmelite Monks of Wyoming
Carthusian Charterhouse of the Transfiguration, Vermont [see also link]
Carmelite Hermits of Christoval, TX
Carmelite Hermits of Lake Elmo, MN
Monastic Community of Jerusalem
Monastic Abbey of Sainte-Madeline, Barroux
Monastery of Christ in the Desert, New Mexico
Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Society of Our Mother of Peace

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, Kansas City, Missouri
Benedictine Nuns of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, Connecticut
Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, MO
Congregation of The Sisters of Merciful Jesus
Cistercian Nuns of of Valley of Our Lady, Wisconsin
Dominican Contemplative Sisters of the Monastery of the Heart of Jesus, Lockport, LA [see also link]
Dominican Nuns of Summit New Jersey
Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of St. Jude
Discalced Carmelites Valparaiso, Nebraska
Discalced Carmelites of Elysburg, PA [article, link]
Discalced Carmelite Nuns Of Denmark, Wi
Discalced Carmelites of Buffalo, NY [link]
Discalced Carmlelites of Lake Elmo, MN [lay blog]
Discalced Carmelites of Kirk Edge, UK
Franciscan Sisters of Nazareth
Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters (Pink Sisters)
Monastic Community of Jerusalem
Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Poor Clares of the Immaculate, Italy
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, Hanceville, Alabama
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, Phoenix, Arizona
Poor Clares Convent of the Ascension, Lerma, Spain [discussion]
Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church, Spokane, WA
Victims of the Sacred Heart, France [discussion]
Society of Our Mother of Peace
Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Sioux City, Iowa

Featured Video: Discernment & Theology of the Body

ToB video conference, presented by Fr. Thomas Loya

Active Orders

Pictures (Active)

Videos (Active)


Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, [see also link1, link2, link3]
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal,
Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word
Franciscan Brothers Minor
Franciscan Friars of the Primitive Observance
Knights of the Holy Eucharist
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
Marians of the Immaculate Conception
Oblates of the Virgin Mary
Saint Joseph Province, Dominicans

Active Orders (women):
Daughters of Saint Paul [videos]
Daughters Of Mary Mother Of Israel's Hope

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate [see links above]
Franciscan Sisters Minor    [link2]
Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal
Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Sisters of Life
Sisters of our Lady of Mercy
Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará
Sister Servants of the Eternal Word
Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church
Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate
Little Sisters of the Poor
Toca De Assis


Other Links

Blogs and Discussions:
Roman Catholic Vocations Blog
Vocation Station Blog
Holy Vocations Blog
The New Liturgical Movement Blog
Phatmass Vocation Discussion Forums
Catholic Answers Vocation Discussion Forums

Additional Vocation Video Sites:

Step by Step: From Aspirant, to Postulant, to Novice, to Fully
Professed. Track the progress
of becoming a nun ( .pdf)

Theology of the Body
Theology of the Body online video series (presented by Fr. Thomas Loya)
Celibacy for the Kingdom & the Fulfillment of Human Sexuality
, Christopher West
Introduction to the Theology of the Body (Youtube video)

Church Documents:
Vita Consecrata, Pope Jon Paul II
Perfectae Caritatis, On the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, Vatican II
Pastores Dabo Vobis P. 29 , On the Preeminence of Celibacy, Pope John Paul II
Sacerdotalis Caelibatus, Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on Celibacy of the Priest
Institutes of Conecrated Life, Code of Canon Law, p.573-606
The Service of Authority and Obedience, Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Essential Elements in the Church's Teachings on Religious Life, Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes

e5 Men,Men who fast on bread and water once a month for women..
Paenitemini, Apostolic Constitution on Fasting and Penitence, Paul VI, 1966

Other Links
Directory of Institutes exclusive to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass
Institute on Religious Life
USCCB Vocations Home Page
Examination of Conscience Charting Spreadsheet (inspired by Saint Faustina)
USCCB Vocation Video "Fisher's of Men"

Featured Video

Beautiful reflections given at 1:50-3:40


More Related Videos


Saint Teresa of the Andes, Film Clip


Dominican Nuns, Summit NJ

Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

A young woman hugs her family goodbye as she enters the convent


"Woe to the world when there will be a lack of religious orders!"
-Saint Faustina

"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."


Les Fraternités Momastiques de Jérusalem

(Monastic Community of Jerusalem)

"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. [...]
Each one of them is Jesus in disguise."
- Mother Teresa


"I still can't convince myself that such incomparable happiness is mine. People who do not have a vocation cannot understand this, since to them there's no happiness in sacrifice; while sacrifice, done for God is the purest bliss."  
- Saint Teresa of the Andes

"We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa


The Little Sisters of the Poor



"Be converted. Make that known
to all my children as quickly as possible.
No pain, no suffering is too great to me in order to save you.
I will pray to my Son not to punish the world; but I beseech you, be converted.
You cannot imagine what is going to happen, nor what the Eternal Father will send to earth.
That is why you must be converted! Renounce everything. Do penance. Express my
acknowledgements to all my children who have prayed and fasted. I carry
all this to my Divine Son in order to obtain an alleviation of His justice
against the sins of mankind. I thank the people who have prayed
and fasted. Persevere andf help me to convert the world."

- Our Lady, Queen of Peace



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