consecrated life

Also known as

  • religious life


A form of Christian life led by people who feel called to follow Jesus Christ in a more exacting way recognized by the Church. It includes life in the religious institutes, secular institutes, consecrated hermits, consecrated virgins, consecrated widows, and consecrated widowers. It is regulated in Code of Canon Law sections 573 to 746. Consecrated life involves public vows or other sacred bonds whereby the consecrated persons commit themselves, for the love of God, to observe as binding the counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience from the Christian Gospel. Consecrated persons are not part of the Church hierarchy, but members of the hierarchy can enter consecrated life.

MLA Citation

  • “consecrated life”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 January 2010. Web. 6 December 2021. <>