The General Convention of The Episcopal Church approved Resolution 2022-B004, “Foundation of Religious Life Sunday,” to be commemorated each year on the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany. The purpose of this observance is to share with all Episcopalians the existence of vowed religious orders and communities, their residential and dispersed ways of life, and what resources and support they have to offer.
Our life in Jesus Christ is lived out with community and mutual support. We all need companionship along the way to help deepen our relationship with God and to help center our lives in Christ.
Over centuries, vowed religious—living as monks, nuns, sisters, brothers, and friars—have developed traditions and practices that assist in developing spiritual growth and discernment. Vowed religious engage in teaching about prayer practices, lead retreats, give spiritual direction, assist in writing and living a rule of life, give presentations about the spiritual journey, and provide spiritual friendship. Our residential religious communities offer hospitality for short visits or longer retreats. Religious communities also welcome associates or oblates who engage in a special relationship to the community. Our communities are also eager to welcome new members to join in our vowed lives and to carry forward our ministries and traditions.
The website, religiouslifesunday.org, includes a video, written resources, a list of speakers, and much more to help Episcopalians and others in our communion connect with religious communities in our church and to join in the celebration of Religious Life Sunday.