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Consecrated Life

The following is a list of religious communities currently serving in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. Where possible, we have linked each community name to its website; for further information, just click on the name.

Orders of Women Religious

Orders of Men Religious 

Societies of Apostolic Life

Secular Institute

Associations of the Faithful

Consecrated Virgins

History of consecrated life in the Archdiocese

Since the arrival of Oblate Priests and the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (Grey Nuns) in the mid-1800s, consecrated persons of many different communities have helped to sow the seeds of the Gospel and tend to a variety of needs of the people in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. Communities of men and women religious were vital to the establishment of parishes, hospitals, schools, orphanages and homes for the aged across the Archdiocese, and they continue to be active today in parish life, pastoral care, spiritual direction, health care and education. 

The contributions of consecrated persons in the Archdiocese have been recognized through a number of recent projects:

 

  • In the fall of 2011, Alberta’s Catholic sisters were honoured for their pioneering contributions in education, health care, and social welfare. A three-metre bronze sculpture depicting a sister holding a piece of stained glass was installed on the grounds of the Alberta legislature.
  • In 2012, the Archdiocese of Edmonton celebrated its 100th anniversary with a virtual exhibit that includes several stories of the contributions of men and women religious. For stories and photos, please visit A Wonderful Transformation.
  • In 2013, a monument of Brother Anthony Kowalczyk, OMI, was unveiled in Edmonton to commemorate the life and service he gave to College Saint Jean (now the Campus Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta), where he spent his final years as gardener and handyman. In 2014, the decree recognizing Venerable Brother Anthony's heroic virtues was authorized by Pope Francis. His cause for sainthood has been under study by the Holy See since 1979.

In 1983 the Council of Women Religious was formed out of the previously existing Sisters Council to act as a consultative body to the Archbishop on matters pertaining to women religious in the Archdiocese. In 2008 the constitution of the council was amended to allow all women of different forms of consecrated life to become members of the newly renamed Council of Consecrated Women.