News and items of interest for and about the communities of Consecrated Life, Diocese of Paterson.
Consecrated life is a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. It has existed from the very first centuries and has taken a variety of forms through the years. It is rooted in the sacrament of Baptism, and offers a more radical expression of it. Those called to consecrated life are invited to follow Christ more closely through the total offering of their entire life to God through the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. They are
also dedicated to a life of prayer and charity in the service of the Church.
The Diocese of Paterson is blessed with the presence of 45 different institutes of consecrated life dedicated to the following life forms: the cloistered contemplative life, monastic life, heremetical life, active apostolic life. More than 800 women and men live and serve the people of God here. Their presence expresses the reality of lifelong commitment to the Gospel and to the Church’s mission of evangelization. Their prophetic way of life is a “splendid sign” of the “glory of the heavenly Kingdom.” (Vat II, LG 44)