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  

July 24, Aug 14 - Young adults are invited to Theology on Tap at Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.  For more information see their Facebook Page or email

Throughout 2018 - St. Louis University is celebrating 200 years of educational excellence as the first university west in the American West.

July 19, 2018 - Missouri History Museum's event, "Pioneering Women", featuring St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, at 7pm in the Lee Auditorium

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


Monday, October 15, 2018 - 2018 Meeting of the Missouri Bishops and Major Superiors

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


Women discerning religious life are invited to visit the CMSWR Facebook page, where religious communities from around the U.S. post "Come and See" retreats and events.



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