Study Resources

“In calling you God says to you: ‘You are important to me, I love you, I am counting on you’. Jesus says this to each one of us! Joy is born from that! The joy of the moment in which Jesus looked at me. Understanding and hearing this is the secret of our joy. Feeling loved by God, feeling that for him we are not numbers but people; and we know that it is he who is calling us.”

- Pope Francis, Rejoice! A letter to consecrated men and women

The Holy Cross Office of Vocations has compiled a list of resources to help you learn more about the Consecrated Life.  Below please find links to printed materials, reading materials, videos, and other links that we hope will help you as you explore this topic.

Printed Materials

Talking Points

Talking Points

This document serves as a quick reference guide.  It includes some basic definitions, and information on dates with special significance for the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Suggested Reading Materials

Suggested Reading Materials

Click this link to find a list of books and official Church documents that you may find helpful as you seek to learn more about the Consecrated Life.

Suggested Video Materials

Suggested Videos

Click this link to access a list of videos that has been compiled and rated by the Congregation of Holy Cross to help aid you if you prefer a video format.

Year of Consecrated Life (2014-15) Workshop Videos

History of Religious Life Part I

In part one of this three part series Fr. Stephen Koeth, C.S.C. begins his presentation on the history of religious life.  He points out examples of early religious figures, and traces the development of the first religious communities.

History of Religious Life Part II

In part two of this three part series Fr. Stephen Koeth continues presentation on the history of religious life.  He shows how religious communites were effected by cultural and political changes in the countries where they were located.

Consecrated Life

In part three of this three part series, Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C. talks about the modern understanding of consecrated life.  He explains that this includes not only men and women in religious orders, but also those living as consecrated widows, virgins or hermits.