HAT’S THE DIFFERENCE between apostolic and contemplative?Cloistered and monastic? Novice and postulant? If it sounds likereligious are speaking Greek, we’re here to help interpret.
In the context of consecrated religious life, apostolic religious communities areengaged for the most part in active ministries. While prayer and communitylife are important to them, their members serve in a variety of ways: teaching,parish ministry, healthcare, social work, care for the elderly, work with youngpeople, service to the poor, and many others.
Here’s a guide to understanding the vocabularyof religious life.
Define your terms
BY CAROL SCHUCK SCHEIBER
Carol SchuckScheiber ismanaging editor of VISIONand editor ofHORIZON, bothpublications ofthe National Religious VocationConference.