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Roman Catholic Religious Order See Also: Consecrated Life (Catholic Church)

Roman Catholic Religious Order See Also: Consecrated Life (Catholic Church)

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Roman Catholic religious order 
are organizations of laity andclergyin theCatholic Church  who live under a common rule. They are to be distinguished fromHoly Orders, thesacramentwhich bishops, priests, and deacons receive.What distiguishes members of religious orders from the rest of the laity and the clergy isthat they try to imitateJesusof Nazareth by takingvowsof  poverty, chastity, and obedience. They may additionally profess to obey certain guidelines for living,There are actually two types of Catholic religious orders:
, which takesimple vows, and
proper, which take solemn vows. As an example, theCongregation of Holy Crossis a congregation because its members take simple vows,whereas theSociety of Jesus is an order because its members take solemn vows.
List of Roman Catholic religious congregations
The following list refers to some of the major religious institutes of the Catholic Church,  both orders, and others; it should be understood that communities using the same namemay exist inAnglicanor Eastern Orthodoxtraditions as well, as well as more than one Catholic order with the same name. Each is accompanied by its official name inEnglish as well as the acronym (or " post-nominal initials") commonly used to identify itsmembers. In parenthesis is the year it was established.1.Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - A.S.C.J.2.Adorers (Adorers of the Blood of Christ) - A.S.C.3.Adornos (Clerics Regular Minor) - C.R.M.4.Angelic Sisters of St. Paul - A.S.S.P.5.Assumptionists(Augustinians of the Assumption) - A.A.6.Atonement, Society of the(Atonement Friars/Graymoor Friars/Sisters) - S.A.(1909)7.Augustinian Recollects- (Order of the Augustinians Recollects) - O.A.R.8.Augustinian Sisters, Servants of Jesus and Mary - A.S.J.M.9.Augustinians(Order of Saint Augustine) - O.S.A. (1256)10.Baladites(Order of Lebanese Maronite) - O.L.M.11.Barnabites(Clerics Regular of Saint Paul) - B., C.R.S.P. (1530)12.Basilians(Congregation of St. Basil) - C.S.B. (1822)13.Benedictines(Order of Saint Benedict) - O.S.B. (1216)14.Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration(1874)15.Bernardine Cistercian Sisters of Esquiermes16.Bernardines(also seeCistercians
)17.Bethany Ashram(Order of the Imitation of Christ) - O.I.C. (1930)18.Bridgettines(Order of Our Savior) - C.S.B. (1350)19.Brotherhood of Hope- B.H.20.Brothers of Christian Instruction of St Gabriel-S.G. (1711)
21.Brothers of the Christian Schools(LasallianBrothers or Christian Brothers) - F.S.C. (1680)22.Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God(Order of Hospitallers) - O.H. (1100)23.Brothers of Mercy of Our Lady of Perpetual Help- f.m.m.24.Camaldolese(Camaldolese Benedictines) - O.S.B. Cam.25.Camaldolese Hermits of the Congregation of Monte Corona - Er.Cam.26.Camillians(Order of Saint Camillus) - O.S.Cam.27.Canossians (Canossian Daughters and Sons of Charity) - F.D.D.C.28.Canonesses of St. Augustine - C.R.O.S.A.29.Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem- C.R.N.J. (2002)30.Capuchins(Order of Friars Minor Capuchin) - O.F.M. Cap. (1520) 31.Capuchin Poor Clares32.Carmelites(Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel) - O.Carm., O.C.D., O.C.D.S.(1209)33.Carmelites of Mary Immaculate- C.M.I. (1831)34.Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm35.Carmelite Daughters of the Divine Heart of Jesus - D.C.J. (1891)36.Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles37.Carthusians- O.Cart. (1084)38.Celestines(defunct) (1244)39.Christian Brothers of Ireland- C.F.C (1802)40.Cistercians(Cistercians of the Ancient Observance)- O.Cist./S.O.Cist (1098)41.Claretians (Claretian Missionaries) - C.M.F.42.Columbans(Missionary Society of St. Columban) - S.S.C.43.Companions of the Cross- C.C.44.Congregatio Immaculatae Cordis Mariae(Congregation of the Immaculate Heartof Mary), also
, or 
- C.I.C.M. (1862)45.Congregation of the Disciples of the Lord - C.D.D46.Congregation of Holy Cross- C.S.C47.Congregation of Notre Dame - C.N.D.48.Congregation of St. Therese of Lisieux, Cstbrothers, Kerala, India 49.Congregation of the Mother Coredemptrix - C.M.C.50.Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary- SS.CC. (1800)51.Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sisters)52.Congregatio Fratrum Cellitarum seu Alexianorum(Alexians) (Cellites) - C.F.A53.Conventual Franciscans(
or Order of Friars Minor Conventual) -O.F.M. Conv. (1209)54.Crosiers(Canons Regular of the Holy Cross) - O.S.C.55.Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul - D.C.56.Daughters of Divine Charity - F.D.C. (1868)57.Daughters of Divine Love58.Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception59.Daughters of St. Paul- F.S.P. (1915)60.Daughters of the Holy Spirit - D.H.S. (1706)61.Dehonians(Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) - S.C.J.62.Divine Word Missionaries- S.V.D. (1875)
63.Discalced Augustinians- O.A.D. (1592)64.Discalced Carmelites- O.C.D.65.Disciples of the Lord- C.D.D. (1931)66.Dominicans(Order of Friars Preachers) - O.P. (1216)67.Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne68.Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Conception - O.P. (1861)69.Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia- O.P. (1860)70.Dominican Nuns of Our Lady of the Rosary71.Dottrinari (Congregazione dei Preti della Dottrina Cristiana) - D.C.72.Eudists(Congregation of Jesus and Mary) - C.I.M.73.Felician Sisters(Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice) - C.S.S.F.74.Fathers of Mercy- (Congregatio Presbyterorum a Misericordia)75.Franciscan Apostolic Sisters - F.A.S. (1954)76.Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn - O.S.F.77.Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist78.Franciscan Brothers of Peace79.FranciscanFriars (Order of Friars Minor) - O.F.M. (1209)80.Franciscan Handmaids of Mary81.Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception - F.H.I.C. (1876)82.Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word83.Franciscan Friars of the Renewal84.Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular - T.O.R.85.Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood - F.M.D.M86.Franciscan Missionaries of Mary- F.M.M87.Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary88.Franciscan Servants of Jesus89.Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity- O.S.F.90.Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist- O.S.F.91.Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate92.Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate93.Franciscan Sisters of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother - T.O.R.94.Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration- O.S.F.95.Fransalians (Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales) - M.S.F.S.96.Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart - G.N.S.H97.Grey Nuns of Montreal (Soeurs grises de Montréal) - S.G.M.98.Good Shepherd Sisters - R.G.S99.Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity - A.A.S.C.100.Handmaids of the Precious Blood - H.P.B.101.Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - A.A.S.C.102.Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph103.Holy Cross Fathers(Congregation of Holy Cross) - C.S.C.104.Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters(Pink Sisters)105.Infant Jesus Sisters (Nicolas Barre) - I.J106.Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest- I.C.R.S.S. (1990)107.Institute of the Incarnate Word - I.I.W. (1984)108.Jesuits(Society of Jesus) - S.J. (1534)

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