Our Religious Communities

Information on this page is provided only to the Communities that are within the Archdiocese of Sydney. For all other Communities go to Religious Orders' page.

  • Religious Institutes
    Religious life exists within institutes canonically erected by the Church which are distinguished from other forms of consecrated life by its liturgical character, public profession of the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity & obedience), fraternal life in common and witness given to the union of Christ with the Church. Within the Religious Institutes there are many forms of expression of religious life, from enclosed contemplative orders of monks and nuns, to more recent apostolic congregations of priests, brothers and sisters. Examples include most of the religious orders - such as the Benedictines, Cistercians, Franciscans, Dominicans, (Discalced) Carmelites & Jesuits and the congregations, such as the Marist (Priests and Brothers), MSC, Redemptorist, Josephite, Mercy, Little Sisters of the Poor and so forth.
  • Societies of Apostolic Life
    Members who do not take vows as 'religious' and who pursue the particular apostolic purpose of the society, and leading a life in common according to a particular manner of life, strive for the perfection of charity through the observance of constitution. Examples - Daughters of Charity, Congregation of the Mission, St Columba's Mission Society.
  • Consecrated Virgins
    Similar to other forms of consecrated life is the order of consecrated virgins who committed to the holy plan of following Christ more closely, are consecrated by the diocesan bishops, are betrothed to Christ and are dedicated to the service of the Church.
  • Canonical Hermits
    Those recognised in the law of the Church as dedicated to God in a consecrated life, by publicly professing the three evangelical counsels confirmed by a vow or other sacred bond in the hands of the diocesan bishop and who observes their own plan under his direction.
  • Secular Institutes
    A secular institute is an institute of consecrated life in which the Christian faithful living in the world strive for the perfection of charity and work for the sanctification of the world especially from within Examples - Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ, Prado, Notre Dame de Vie, Society of Christian Doctrine.
  • Associations of Christ's Faithful
    Associations distinct form the institutes of consecrated life and the societies of apostolic life in which the Christian faithful, either clergy or laity, or both together, strive by common effort to promote a more perfect life to foster public worship, or to exercise other apostolic works, namely to engage in efforts of evangelisation to animate the temporal order with the Christian spirit. The associations often have within their membership consecrated men and women who are full members of the association and under the governance of the association's moderator. Examples - Consecrated Brothers and Sisters of the Emmanuel Community, Regnum Christi, Consecrated Brothers and Sisters of the Beatitudes Community, Focolare Movement, Communion & Liberation.

1a. Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of St Patrick (Patrician Brothers) (FSP)
  • Brothers of the Christian Schools of St Jean-Baptiste de la Salle (De La Salle Brothers) (FSC)
  • Congregation of Christian Brothers (CFC)
  • Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of the Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary (Oblates) (OMI)
  • Congregation of the Missionaries of St Charles Borromeo (Scalabrinians) (CS)
  • Congregation of the Most Blessed Sacrament (SSS)
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) (CSsR)
  • Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists) (CP)
  • Dominicans - Order of Preachers
  • Hospitaller Order of St John of God (OH)
  • Marist Brothers of the Schools (Marist Brothers) (FMS)
  • Missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD)
  • Missionaries of St Francis de Sales (Fransalians) (SF)
  • Missionary Society of St Paul (MSSP)
  • Missionaries of St Thomas the Apostle (MST)
  • Order of Canons Regular  of Prémontré (Norbertines) (OPraem)
  • Order of Friars Minor (Brown Franciscans) (OFM)
  • Order of Friars Minor (Capuchin) (OFM Cap)
  • Order of St Benedict (Sylvestrine) (OSB)
  • Order of St Paul the First Hermit (OSPPE)
  • Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB)
  • Society of Christ (SChr)
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits) (SJ)
  • Society of Mary (Marists) (SM)
  • Society of the Missionaries of Sacred Heart (MSC)
  • Society of St Paul (SSP)

1b. Religious Institutes of Women

  • Australian-New Zealand Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph (Goulburn Congregation) (RSJ)
  • Australian-New Zealand Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph (Lochinvar Congregation) (RSJ)
  • Australian-New Zealand Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph (Perthville Congregation) (RSJ)
  • Caritas Sisters of Miyazaki
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St Brigid (Brigidines) (CSB)
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady Help of Christians (OLHC)
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of Orange California (CSJ)
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian) (FMA)
  • Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia (OP)
  • Daughters of St Anne
  • Daughters of Our Lady of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (FDNSC)
  • Daughters of St Paul (FSP)
  • Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia (OP)
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM)
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) (IBVM)
  • Little Company of Mary (Blue Nuns) (LCM)
  • Little Sisters of the Poor (PSP)
  • Missionaries of Charity (MC)
  • Missionary Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS)
  • Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (MFIC)
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Queen (CMR)
  • Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (Marist Missionary Sisters) (SMSM)
  • Our Lady's Nurses of the Poor (OLN)
  • Passionist Sisters of St Paul of the Cross (CP)
  • Religious of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (RGS)
  • Religious Sisters of Charity (RSC)
  • Religious Sisters of Mercy of ALMA (RSM)
  • Servants of the Blessed Sacrament (SSS)
  • Sister Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC)
  • Sister Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM)
  • Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict (SGS)
  • Sisters of Mercy (Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea)
  • Sisters of Mercy (North Sydney Congregation) (RSM)
  • Sisters of Mercy (Parramatta Congregation) (RSM)
  • Sisters of Our Lady of China (OLC)
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Sion (NDS)
  • Sisters of the Order of St Clare (Poor Clare Sisters) (OSC)
  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Lismore (PBVM)
  • Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Wagga Wagga (PBVM)
  • Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (RSJ)
  • Sisters of St Paul of Chartres (SPC)
  • Society of Mary (Marist Sisters) (SM)
  • Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ)
  • Ursulines of the Roman Union (OSU)

2. Monastic

There and no Monasteries of Contemplative Life within the boundaries of the Archdiocese

There are Monasteries of Contemplative Life within nearby Dioceses:

  • Monastery of St Benedict (OSB Sylvestrine) – Benedictine Monks – Diocese of Broken Bay (Monks)
  • Tyburn Priory (OSB) - Benedictine Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre - Tyburn Nuns – Diocese of Parramatta (Nuns)
  • Abbey of the Presentation of the Lord (OSB Subiaco) – Benedictine Nuns - Diocese of Wollongong (Nuns)
  • Bethlehem Monastery (OSC) – Poor Clares (Second Order) – Diocese of Wollongong (Nuns)
  • Carmel of Mary & Joseph (OCD) – Discalced Carmelites – Diocese of Wollongong (Nuns)
  • Monastery of the Most Holy Redeemer (OSsR) – Order of the Most Holy Redeemer – Redemptoristines - Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (Nuns)

3. Secular Institutes

  • Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ
  • Secular Institute for Schoenstatt Fathers
  • Schoenstatt Institute for Diocesan Priests
  • Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary (ISSM)
  • Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC)

4. Societies of Apostolic Life

  • Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) (CM)
  • Oblate Apostles of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary
  • Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP)
  • St Columban's Mission Society (SSC)
  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul (DC)
  • Leaven of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Marian Community of Reconciliation (Fraternas)

5. Consecrated Virgins

6. Hermits

7. Consecrated Life within Associations of the Faithful

  • Emmanuel Community
  • The Grail

8. An Institute Of Consecrated Life

  • Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity