Office of Consecrated Life

Welcome to the Office of Consecrated Life

The Office of Consecrated Life acts as a liaison between the Archbishop and the men and women in various Institutes of consecrated life in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis by supporting the members of the Institutes in fulfilling their unique charism and undertaking their apostolic works.  The Office also works in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations to promote vocations to consecrated life.

Listen to a Great Presentation on Virtues, Vices, and The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

by Dr. Eleonore Stump, Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University at a recent Day of Prayer

     Dr. Stump - Capital Virtue.mp3

     Dr. Stump - Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.mp3

What is Consecrated Life?

ImageCatholics are most familiar with the term consecration through their participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass during which ordinary bread and wine are consecrated and become the Body and Blood of the Our Lord Jesus Christ.

To consecrate means to “set apart for the sacred”; in other words, it is a call to holiness.


The Office of Consecrated Life strives to carry out the Church's pastoral concern for the men and women in the consecrated life and to work with them to help achieve the goals set forth in the mission statement of the Archdiocese.

Its purpose is to serve:

  • consecrated men and women in areas essential to their spiritual and psychological growth;
  • the Archbishop when the director of the Office of Consecrated Life acts as his representative; and
  • the Archdiocese by supporting the apostolates of consecrated men and women accomplished in the context of the local Church.

Contact Us

To learn more about consecrated life or to contact the Office of Consecrated Life for any other reason, please contact us at:

Office of Consecrated Life
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis MO 63119-5738

Latest News

Exciting upcoming events for the Year of Consecrated Life

Date Time Event Location Notes and RSVP Information
Oct. 11, 2015
10 am White Mass 2015 Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis The White Mass is celebrated for all Catholic Healthcare Professionals.
Oct. 17, 2015
8:30 am -
12:30 pm
Come and Serve St. Anthony Parish Hall Register by contacting Sr. Pam Falter, OSF at or call 314-703-4024 by October 5.
Oct. 18, 2015
10 am 2015 World Mission Sunday Mass Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Please reply by October 5, 2015 to Colleen Snead at 314-792-7664 or
October 23-24, 2015 6:30 pm Friday -
4 pm Saturday
Conference on “Economic Justice in the 21st Century: Myth or Reality – A Christian Perspective" Cardinal Rigali Center Early registration advised to Sr. Marianne Postiglione, RSM at 314-792-7221 or
Oct. 29, 2015
6:30 pm -
8:30 pm
Vocation Event at Fontbonne University Fontbonne University Please rsvp as soon as possible to Sr. Linda Markway, CSJ at:
Oct. 31, 2015
10 am Mass for Consecrated Life Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Please register by Sept. 30 at:
Nov. 6, 2015
7 pm -
9 pm
Nazareth Nights Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Monthly nights of prayer for young adults on select 1st Fridays of the month.
November 13-14, 2015   Symposium on Religious Life Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch Please see: for flyer and more information.
Dec. 19, 2015
  Archbishop Carlson Advent Day of Prayer Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis  
Feb. 5, 2016
7 pm -
9 pm
Nazareth Nights Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Monthly nights of prayer for young adults on select 1st Fridays of the month.
Mar. 4, 2016
7 pm -
9 pm
Nazareth Nights Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Monthly nights of prayer for young adults on select 1st Fridays of the month.
March 5, 2016
  Archbishop Carlson Lenten Day of Prayer Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis  
Apr. 1, 2016
7 pm -
9 pm
Nazareth Nights Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Monthly nights of prayer for young adults on select 1st Fridays of the month.
May 7, 2016
8:30 am -
1 pm
Day of Prayer with Father David Meconi, SJ Cardinal Rigali Center  


Nazareth Nights

  • Nazareth Nights is a night of prayer for young adults (ages 18-34) consisting of Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation, praise and worship, and a reflection by a guest priest (or deacon).
  • The night will begin in the St. Joseph Chapel at 7:00 pm.  The gathering will end with a social.
  • Nazareth Nights will be held on selected first-Fridays and will be hosted by the Kenrick-Glennon seminarians in collaboration with the Office of Vocations.
  • The first Nazareth Night is scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2015.
  • The remaining Nazareth dates this academic year are:
    • Nov 6, 2015
    • Feb 5, 2016
    • Mar 4, 2016
    • Apr 1, 2016

Please click to see attached flyer:  Nazareth Nights.pdf for more information.

Discernment Community Supper

 On the first and third Thursdays beginning on October 1st, the discernment community at Fiat House(address below) is inviting you to join them for supper at their house  The goal is to have a safe, supportive space for conversations around whatever topic is on people's minds and hearts.  They will eat at 6:00, but people are welcome anytime 5:00 or after if they want to help with the cooking.  If people know they are coming and can RSVP, great--that's always helpful.  However, we'll always plan to make a big pot of something so that if people decide to come last minute or if they find a friend on the way out the door, we can just add plates as we need to.  If people want to bring something, an appetizer, dessert, loaf of bread, etc. should go with anything we might be making, although bringing yourself is more than enough, so just come.

Contact person:  Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ Our address is:  323 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, 63125 Sisters Sarah’s cell # is:  314-607-7209.


White Mass 2015 – Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015






COME and SERVE – Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Come and Serve those on the Southside of St. Louis who need a little help in their home: some general cleaning, washing windows, yard work, small odd jobs, just visiting and being present to them because they are important. 

Come and Serve with the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  Ages 13 and up are welcome.  Those under 18 need an adult to accompany them.

Come and Serve the elderly and persons who are poor.  You will bring them joy and love.  You will make a difference in their quality of life. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015
St. Anthony Parish Hall
3133 S. Meramec St. (across from the church; green awnings)
St. Louis, MO 63118

Please click to see attached flyer:  come and serve 2015 flyer.pdf for more information.


2015 World Mission Sunday Mass – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015


2015 World Mission Sunday Mass

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

 Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis 4431 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108

 Celebrated by Bishop Edward M. Rice

In celebration of the important connection between Consecrated Life and the missionary call of the Church, you are invited to send a representative from your Religious Community to the Archdiocesan celebration of World Mission Sunday this year!  Representatives will be part of a procession into Mass and will have reserved seating in the front of church.

You may contact Colleen at 314-792-7664 or  Please reply by October 5, 2015.  Thank you!  We look forward to seeing you!

Please click to see attached flyer: Invite sheet for religious communities.pdf for more information.


Conference on “Economic Justice in the 21st Century: Myth or Reality – A Christian Perspective" – Friday evening - Saturday, October 23-24, 2015

Economic Justice Presentations

The Gospel of Fast Food Workers

Rev. Dr. Martin Rafanan will examine the plight of the low wage fast food workers in society locally and nationally and the rights of workers to earn a fair wage. Although more than a century has passed since Rerum Novarum, the questions remain the same: economic justice, human dignity and workers rights.

Francis and John Paul II on Economic Affairs

Dr. Edward O’Boyle, will treat Pope Francis’ and Pope John Paul II’s documents on aspects of Capitalism and Socialism, highlighting the similarities and differences in their approaches.

Economics and St. Thomas Aquinas: On Justice in the Distribution and Exchange of Wealth

Dr. Donald G. Boland, a philosopher, will offer an Aristotelian approach to economic justice and its relevance not just for the economy in the 21st century, but also for any civilized society.

From St. Paul to Pope Francis: 2000 years of Catholic Social Justice

Dr. Hermann Frieboes, a theologian, will outline the role the Catholic Church plays in advancing social justice citing specific church documents.

Please click to see attached flyer:  ITEST Forum Brochure 2015 web.pdf for more information.

Early registration advised due to a seating capacity limit to Sr. Marianne Postiglione, RSM at 314-792-7221 or  There is a special registration fee for religious as noted on the brochure.


Vocation Event at Fontbonne University – Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

 Friends, the campus minister at Fontbonne University is sponsoring a Vocation Event on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30-8:30 in the evening.  Lori, the campus minister will be inviting the campus ministry/newman communities from Lindenwood, Maryville, Webster and UMSL to this gathering as well. She is using the theme - What’s behind door #1? – Discernment.  She is proposing a process called – “speed discernment” which is used at the University of Illinois.  Religious congregation representatives will be given a table to which one participant at a time may visit for set period of time usually 5-10 minutes. During that time, the representative will share about their congregation and the participant will share a bit about their discernment journey.  After 10 minutes, the participants will move to another table and repeat the process with another congregation’s representative.  Prior to the beginning of the event, the participants will be given a listing of congregations noting their locations, charism and mission.  This is meant to be a simple first step for participants to gain information that will help them in their discernment process.

If you are interested in participating, please reply to Sister Linda Markway, CSJ as soon as possible at 314-889-4726 or  Thanks.

Mass for Consecrated Life Scheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2015

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson cordially invites you to attend
the 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015
10:00 AM
Cathedral Basilica
4431 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO  63108

A reception will follow Mass in upper Boland Hall, adjacent to the Cathedral.

 The 2015 Jubilarians will be recognized at the Mass and reception.

Symposium on Religious Life scheduled for November 13-14, 2015

Open to all religious, clergy and laity:

A Symposium on Religious Life is scheduled to be held November 13-14, 2015 at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch in Saint Louis, Missouri featuring a variety of exceptional speakers focusing on many aspects of religious life.

 See the attached flyer for details:   CMSWR A Symposium on Religious Life

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