A Roman Catholic Parish Serving:

Penn Yan, Dundee, Naples, Prattsburgh,

Rushville, and Stanley

Saint Michael's Church
Penn Yan, NY
Parish Founded: 1850
Current Church: 1902

Saint Michael's Catholic School
Penn Yan, NY
School Founded: 1882
Grades: PreK-5

Saint Patrick's Church
Prattsburg, NY
Parish Founded: 1860
Current Church: 1868

Saint Januarius' Church
Naples, NY
Parish Founded: 1876
Current Church: 1964

Cobblestone Springs
Dundee, NY
Year Built: 1840
Staffed By: Sisters of St. Joseph

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Religious Life and Holy Orders

Did you ever think that maybe you want to serve the church in a unique way? Maybe not as a deacon or a priest?  Do you like living in community? Then maybe a religious order way of life is the way for you.

Roman Catholic Orders and Religious communities are associations of men and women within the Roman Catholic Church who are dedicated to lives of prayer, service, and devotion. Many of these members commit themselves to specific communities in which they live a common life following a specific religious rule (a collection of guiding rules ordering community life and devotion) and under the direction of religious leaders. Religious Orders can include both clergy and laity. Most members of religious orders also make public vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity as acts of devotion and in imitation of Jesus. Many Roman Catholic orders are monastic, but many others are not. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes three different types of religious Orders:

  • Monastic
  • Mendicant (Friars),
  • Canons Regular (priests living in a community and active in a particular parish).

The largest Monastic Order is the Benedictines and two of the most common Mendicant Orders include Dominicans and Franciscans.  Female orders usually have fewer numbers in their communities than their male counterparts, but more female communities exist. Many of the female orders are dedicated to teaching and service. Even though many Roman Catholic orders trace their origins to the Middle Ages, some go as far back as the 6th Century AD (the Benedictine Order). Religious Orders all follow a particular religious rule. The most common include the Rule of St. Benedict, St. Augustine, or St. Basil, each of which stresses different aspects of religious life.

For a fun way to learn about different religious ways of life click here 

In the Diocese of Rochester we are blessed with many Religious Communities below they are listed:

For More Religious Orders and Ways of Life Click Here

Here are some quick links to different orders that are not in the Diocese of Rochester but may interest you!

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