beingsister1There are several religious communities with a strong tie to the Diocese of Lexington. These communities have either sent members to live and serve in our diocese, or have had individuals from our diocese enter into formation with them. They are by no means the only orders or communities one should look at when considering the religious life, but they can serve as an excellent starting place.

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Dictionary of Religious Life

Although prayer and community are important for apostolic orders, their charism also involves a form of direct service, whether teaching, caring for the poor, or some other work.
Contemplative orders still serve the Church, and may even engage in apostolic acts of service. However, their primary focus is on prayer to grow closer to Christ, whether through liturgy, personal prayer, or other forms.
Contemplative orders are sometimes cloistered or partially cloistered, which means separated from the world. Their work is mostly confined to their community.
Missionary orders are focused on spreading the good news, often to distant or underserved areas. They live and work amongst the people who live there.
Monastic orders are somewhat apostolic and somewhat cloistered. They may spend a great deal of time in their community, but also go into the world to serve.

Women’s Religious Communities


The Adrian Dominican Sisters are an international Congregation of over 785 vowed women religious whose roots go back to St. Dominic in the 13th century.

The Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh is a monastic community of women that live the Rule of St. Benedict. As Benedictines, we balance our days with prayer, monastic community, and ministry.

We are Sisters of Divine Providence, apostolic women religious, who live a vowed life in community. Our mission is to be living witnesses to the Providence of God through the works of mercy.

A community of women of prayer who strive to live Gospel values in Community. We cherish the heritage laid down by our founders; the heritage of generous care of the poor, simplicity of life, and openness.

We commit ourselves to transformation, right relationships, ecological sustainability and systemic change for the life of the world.

The Congregation of St. Joseph is a community of more than 700 vowed women religious dedicated to the love of God and neighbor and committed to sharing life together in community.

We live the contemplative dimension of Domican life and are committed to a regular prayer life, a life of poverty, detachment and simplicity, and a classical sense of our Dominican charism.

As Dominicans, our primary apostolate is the education and formation of young people.We remain open to engaging the modern culture with new forms of evangelization in order to preach the Gospel and teach the Truth.

As Dominicans, our primary apostolate is the education and formation of young people.We remain open to engaging the modern culture with new forms of evangelization in order to preach the Gospel and teach the Truth.

Our community, offering a unique balance of action and contemplation, is wholly engaged in the contemplation and the proclamation of the Word of God to the world, mainly through the catechesis of adults, teenagers and children, and the formation of catechists.

All our actions are directed to the teaching and preaching of the Catholic Faith, in any way possible and through any means available.

Our mission is that of Jesus ~ tobe God’s saving grace in the world.This has been our endeavor since our beginning in 1877 as teachers and care givers to children.

At the heart of who we are is our name, Holy Union. We express this union first of all by being one with ourselves.

Through our vow of hospitality the Church has given us a mandate to prolong Christ’s mission of charity-to convey to the elderly, in the concrete realities of everyday life, the kindness and love of God for them, his eldest children.

A Missionary of Charity is a carrier of God’s love especially to the poorest of the poor, setting all on fire with love for Him and one another.

As Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, our charism is one of the suffering and joy of the paschal mystery, of the cross and resurrection, of the precious blood of Jesus and his redeeming love, of the anguish of the world and the readiness for mission.

In place of numerous external austerities, the founders of the Visitation invite us to an interior discipline where love has a paramount place. This love is to be expressed primarily through the practice of two virtues: humility and gentleness.

In silence, solitude and prayer, we seek to continue the contemplative aspect of the mission of Jesus.

Today, sisters of the Atlantic-Midwest Province minister in over 30 Dioceses across the United States and in countries around the world. Regardless of where we come from or how we serve, we are all proud members of the Atlantic-Midwest Province.

The School Sisters of St. Francis are an international Franciscan community of more than 990 sisters and associates serving in educational, prayer, healing, social and pastoral ministries.

The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, Pennsylvania, is a community of Catholic women religious dedicated to God and service to God’s people.

We, the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word, are a new order that follows the Rule of St. Francis of Assisi with St. Dominic and St. Francis as our patrons.

As teachers, nurses, parish ministers, retreat leaders, peacemakers, advocates for people who are poor and oppressed, we help feed the hungers of the world.

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati is an apostolic Catholic community of women religious that exists to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service and prayer in the world.

Impelled by the love of Christ, we and our Associates are committed to work for justice in solidarity with oppressed peoples, especially the economically poor and women, and to care for the earth.

The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA) is a Community of strong women, freed by their chosen life-style and committed to doing God’s work.

We follow in the footsteps of our Irish foundress, Mary Frances Clarke, who answered God’s call to serve immigrants in the United States more than 175 years ago. We continue to respond to God’s love by serving wherever needed.

We are a group of religious women dedicated to works of peacemaking, justice, and care for Earth through education, health care, social service, and pastoral ministry.

The Sisters of Notre Dame of Covington, Kentucky are consecrated women missioned in the Church to proclaim God’s goodness and provident care.

The Sisters of Providence are an apostolic congregation, meaning we serve among people, wherever the need is greatest.

We are monastic women challenged by the Gospel and our Benedictine tradition to nourish the giftedness of each person; and to live simply and close to the earth.

The Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Ohio, are Catholic women drawn by an insatiable hunger for God, who desire to live according to the gospel and to spend our lives extending the reign of God.

We Clinton Franciscans, in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, are called to contemplation and continuous conversion and are sent as instruments of God’s peace.

The companions are Christian women and men who share in and live out the spirit and mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia within their own vocation and lifestyle.

As Sisters of Saint Joseph, we embrace Gospel values and strive to bring about unity in our world. We work for justice as a healing presence, reaching out in service to all people, especially those in greatest need.

The Sisters have as their special purpose the worship of God, with a special devotion to the Holy Eucharist, and the sanctification of each member through total consecration to God by means of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience.

We, the Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Oldenburg, are women of prayer, committed to the Gospel values as lived by St. Francis and Mother Theresa Hackelmeier.

In the Rule Benedict speaks about establishing ‘a school of the Lord’s service.’ Community life at St. Walburg Monastery is such a school. It is the place where we listen to one another and come together to learn about God’s ways with us.

The sisters remain upon the mountain-top in prayer and sacrifice pleading for the salvation of souls, particularly those of the diocese, clergy, religious and laity.

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky, an apostolic religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, rooted in the spirit and tradition of St. Angela Merici, and committed to a life of prayer and community and participation in the teaching mission of the Church.

Men’s Religious Communities

We are Trappist monks who have lived, prayed, and worked in this house of the Lord in Kentucky for over 150 years.

The specific aim of the Society is the promotion of vocations to priesthood, the training of seminarians and the supply of zealous and hardworking missionaries to the dioceses in India and abroad which experience a shortage of priests.

A Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with coworkers and a cooperating community of Glenmary Home Mission Sisters, is dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of people throughout Appalachia, the South and Southwest.

The specific scope of the institute is the work of compassion and charity – bringing solace and comfort to the destitute orphans, to the abandoned elderly and persons who are affected with terminal diseases and the houseless.

The 170 friars of St. John the Baptist Province (SJB) are members of the Order of Friars Minor, a Franciscan brotherhood inspired by the 13th-century example of St. Francis of Assisi. We serve the Catholic Church as brothers and priests, devoting our lives to the search for God in a communal life of poverty, prayer, and service to others.

The Mission of the USA Province of the Pious Schools is to follow Christ and to serve the Church in the modern world by promoting our unique way of life and by ministering effectively to the educational needs of children and youth, especially the poor.

The mission of the Fraternity is two-fold: first, the formation and sanctification of priests in the cadre of the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, and secondly, the pastoral deployment of the priests in the service of the Church.

For over 450 years Jesuit priests and brothers have lived an amazing story of serving the Church in new and unexpected ways. We are still men on the move, ready to change place, occupation, method — whatever will advance our mission in the Church. We are expected to do anything or go anywhere to teach Jesus Christ and preach his Good News.

The Benedictine tradition came to the Midwest in the 1850s, when the Swiss Abbey of Einsiedeln sent two monks to Indiana to start a new foundation. Today, the monastery of Saint Meinrad is a thriving community of about 100 monks who pray, work and live in community.


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Becoming a sister or brother

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Men and women are still answering the call to the religious life...even from our own diocese!

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