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.


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

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

     Dr. Stump - Seven Deadly Sins.mp3


Set Apart for Love of Christ: A Vocation Story   


Catholic Gateway Podcast -- Season 1: Episode 1

Workers in the Vineyard

Upcoming events

March 3 - April 28, 2018 - Exhibit "Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. Louis", at Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis.  Free.  Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm. 

Mar 24, Apr 5, May 1,10 - Cathedral Concerts -- Free to religious who pre-register with  Scott Kennebeck.

April 6-8, 2018 - Young adult single women are invited to a Discernment Retreat with the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in St. Louis, MO.  Email Sister Angela Gertsema at or visit to register.

April 7, 2018 - A Day to "Come and Be" sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Health.  8:45am - 4pm near De Soto, MO.  RSVP to Sister Pam at or 314-965-3700.

April 13-15, 2018 - Young adult single women are invited to a Discernment Retreat with the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, MO.  Email for more information.

April 28, 2018 - Theology of the Body and NaProTECHNOLOGY Conference  Presenters: Dr. Marie Paul Lockerd & Diane Daly. Sponsored by the Offices of Consecrated Life and Natural Family Planning.  Register here by April 20.

April 28, 2018 - Matthew Kelly "Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose" at The Family Arena, 7-10 pm.

May 6-26, 2018 - Shepherding Images Sacred Art presents "Flow: Like Spring Rains that Water the Earth" - Inviting all religious in the Archdiocese to submit digital submissions by March 18, 2018.  Contact Sr. Glynis Mary McManamon, RGS at

July 1-7, 2018 - The Ursuline Sisters are offering an opportunity for women ages 18-30 to join them for a week of volunteer service, community, prayer and fun, in San Antonio, TX.  Contact Sr. Elisa Ryan at  Web blog:

October 13, 2018 - Archbishop Robert Carlson invites you to the annual Mass for Consecrated Life at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 10:00 am.

2018 Meeting of the Missouri Bishops and Major Superiors


Monday, October 15, 2018

Presenter - Doctor Ed Hogan, PhD, Academic Dean of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary



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