Definitions for "Consecrated Life"
Consecrated life takes many different forms but is characterized by living the Evangelical Counsels through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. It's also known as religious life.
A permanent state of life recognized by the Church, entered freely in response to the call of Christ to perfection, and characterized by the profession of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Consecrated life is a vocation, a call from God, to conform one’s life more closely to Jesus Christ through living as he did in poverty, celibate chastity, and obedience and dedicating oneself to God for the salvation of the world. Consecrated life includes religious priests, brothers, and sisters, members of secular institutes, hermits and consecrated virgins. Within this general description, there are many variations on exactly how consecration is lived out, both individually and communally.