Office of Consecrated Life
All institutes of consecrated life include a commitment to God through the traditional vows of poverty, celibate chastity and obedience. All include a commitment to a common life shared within the context of a community. (This sharing often includes wearing clothing and/or a specific symbol that identifies membership in a particular congregation.) All are founded with a particular charism or gift given the community through the founder(s) for the purpose of sharing with the rest of the People of God. This charism is specifically stated for each congregation, as is its mission—the focus for action, by which a congregation shares its gift with the Church. Finally, each congregation chooses particular ministries, or works, by which its members can share their gift and achieve their mission.
The Office for Consecrated Life is charged with the care and well being of all those living the consecrated life within the Diocese of Corpus Christi. The Director acts as the bishop’s liaison to members of religious congregations; promotes effective communication between him and them; responds to expressed needs of religious congregations and individuals; structures opportunities for spiritual and communal development. The Director of the Office is assisted in providing these opportunities by the Committee for Institutes of Consecrated Life (CICL), which is composed of volunteer representatives from the various congregations.