What is a Religious Order?

A religious order is a lineage of communities and organizations of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with their specific religious devotion, usually characterized by the principles of its founder’s religious practice. Three vows commonly taken are vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity. Members of a religious order relinquish all possessions and personal authority. Religious orders are found in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church and, although rarely, in Protestant churches. The Franciscans, Jesuits, and Trappists are religious orders. Here is a partial list of religious orders.

We offer a special Religious Rate for consecrated members of these communities living out their devotion.