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Religious Life: Women

Each Religious Order is distinguished by their charism, spirituality, rule, apostolate ministry, and the way they live fraternal life. Having the guidance of a knowledgeable Spiritual Director and Vocation Director can greatly assist you during your discernment. Women are encouraged to contact Kim Brown, the Associate Director for Vocations for the Fort Worth Diocese to assist them in their discernment as they discern if God is calling them to a vocation to the Consecrated Life and if so, to which Religious Order. The CMSWR and the IRL offer great resources to help women discern her vocation. Below is a list of Religious Orders for Women that are currently serving in active ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. Please contact the order(s) for more information and/or vocation visits to their specific community.


Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Cloistered Contemplative Monastery (OCD)

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns are part of a worldwide religious family... a cloistered Order of women dedicated to fulfilling a special mission in the Mystical Body of Christ. Our history goes back to the 12th century... and, by tradition, even to Old Testament times and the prophets (particularly the prophet Elijah), whose lives bore witness to the Presence of God among His people.


Hermanas Catequistas Guadalupanas (HCG)

Ayudar a los Pastores de la Iglesia en la Regeneración de la Sociedad. Mediante la Educación Cristiana y la Enseñanza de la Doctrina de Jesucristo.


Hermanas Franciscanas de la Inmaculada Concepción (HFIC)

El Padre Fray José del Refugio Morales Córdova, OFM y la Madre María de la Luz de Cristo Crucificado son los Fundadores de la Congregación de las Hermanas Franciscanas de la Inmaculada Concepción. Fuimos fundadas el año 1874 en México, D. F.


Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (MCSH)

We are a Congregation of Religious women and laity that assuming the sentiments of the meekness and humility of the Heart of Jesus Missionary and Catechist, we dedicate ourselves to Evangelization and Catechesis, focusing on service to the families and following the example and the love that comes from the Heart of Mary.


Olivetan Benedictine Sisters (OSB)

We are a community of monastic women who seek God through prayer and work in the Olivetan Benedictine tradition. Accordingly, we proclaim Jesus Christ and the Gospel message through our service to each other in community, in hospitality, health care, education and other apostolic works.


Sisters of St. Mary of Namur (SSMN)

A buoyant spirit of simplicity and joy has enabled the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur to respond to the changing needs of the Church. We strive to listen to the Holy Spirit in reading the signs of the times, accompanying those who are in need and are hurting. We join with so many in the desire to live the beatitudes and to bring God's grace, mercy and peace to this vulnerable world.


Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN)

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are an international congregation of vowed religious women dedicated to spreading the Kingdom of God’s love, particularly within families. We do this by serving families through active ministry in schools, hospitals, parishes, prisons and social service agencies. The sisters also spread the Kingdom through their daily living in a community of prayer and commitment to God and the Holy Family.


Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate (SHSp)

Faithful to our charism to manifest the compassion of Jesus, we offer our lives and service through the church and listen to the challenge of the church to us to be a prophetic voice for change and transformation in a world of injustice and poverty.


Vietnamese Dominican Sisters – Mary Immaculate Province (OP)

The sisters are called to glorify God and strive for sanctity in the Dominican charism through observing the evangelical counsels. Their mission is aimed for the salvation of humankind by evangelizing for the reign of God, educating youth in the authentic Catholic spirit, and doing charitable works as exemplified in Christ.


The Lovers of the Holy Cross Congregation (LHC)

The Lovers of the Holy Cross Congregation of Vinh, Vietnam, were founded in the 1800’s. The Congregation today has 1115 sisters of 11 communities scattered throughout the Diocese, across 3 provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh. Our spirituality is to love Jesus Christ crucified through the service to others. We have recently been welcomed by Bishop Michael F. Olson to establish a house in the Diocese of Fort Worth.





Fr. James WilcoxRev. James Wilcox
Director of Vocations


Sarah J. Penuela
Administrative Assistant for Vocations

Fr. Manuel HolguinRev. Cruz Manuel Holguin
Associate Director of Vocations



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