focus on prayer,
praying daily together
the Liturgy of the
Hours, and individual
prayer such as lectio
divina, the prayerful
reading of scripture.
HAT’S THE DIFFERENCE between apostolic and contemplative?
Cloistered and monastic? Novice and postulant? If it sounds like
religious are speaking Greek, we’re here to help.
In the context of consecrated religious life, apostolic religious communities are
engaged for the most part in active ministries. While prayer and community
life are important to them, their members serve in a variety of ways: teaching,
parish ministry, health care, social work, care for the elderly, work with young
people, service to the poor, and many others.
It can seem like religious life has a language all its own.
Here’s a guide to understanding terms you might hear while
exploring the possibility of life in a religious community.
Vocation terms defined
BY CAROL SCHUCK SCHEIBER
Scheiber is the
of VISION Vocation Guide.