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“Where there are religious, there is joy” - Pope Francis

Around the world and here in our diocese, consecrated women and men play a significant role in the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics: working as educators, in health care, pastoral work, and with the poor, among many other areas. We invite you to learn more about religious life, the variety of charisms and missions of the different religious orders, and join us in celebrating consecrated life. Click on the links below to learn more.

SPOTLIGHT: Consecrated Men and Women Serving in the Diocese of Manchester

Meet some of the consecrated men and women who serve in the Diocese of Manchester. We asked them to tell us about their life and work.

Father John Bucchino, O.F.M.
Order of Friars Minor

Cissy Van Loon
Secular Carmelite

Sister Amy Hoey, R.S.M.
Sisters of Mercy

Pauline Labbe, O.M.M.I.
Secular Institute of the
Oblate Missionaries
of Mary Immaculate

Brother Normand Roux, S.C.
Brothers of the Sacred Heart

Sister Mary Virginia, A.P.B.
Adorers of the Precious Blood

Sister Claudette Blais, O.C.D.
Discalced Carmelites

Sister Claire Coll, C.S.C.
Sisters of Holy Cross

Sister Rosina Bechard, F.C.S.C.J.
Daughters of the Charity of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus


Bishop William Callahan, OFM Conv., of the Diocese of Lacrosse talks about living the vows of consecrated life - poverty, chastity, obedience in the video above.


  About Religious Life

In Corinthians 12, St. Paul reminds us that… “There are different gifts but the same Spirit, there are different ministries but the same Lord, there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone.”

This provides a context to explain the variety of charisms and missions among the thousands of Religious Orders in the United States. Religious communities of priests, brothers and sisters have long worked to bring the faith to all people and to serve them, whether it be working as educators, in health care, pastoral work, spirituality, with the poor, or the many other areas demanding a Gospel response.

Each order has been founded in response to a charism or mission. There may be multiple responses within a given charism, but commitment to the founding vision or mission is at the heart of all they do. The result is the richness of the variety of men and women who have committed themselves to living out the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience in service to the people of God. The Church exists to do the mission of Jesus and to bring about the reign of God, the intense love of God to fruition. May the witness of their lives and good works continue to further the reign of God in our time.

What is a charism?
What are the different types of religious orders?
Why is consecrated life important to the church today?

To learn more about religious life and to get these and other questions answered, read this "Special Report on Religious Life." (pdf)

 Religious Communities in New Hampshire

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
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