Religious Life

"Consecrated life is a gift to the Church, it is born of the Church, it grows in the Church, and it is entirely directed to the Church."
Pope Francis, Synod on Consecrated Life, 1994

Office of Consecrated and Religious Life

The Office of Consecrated Life exists as a connector between the Archbishop and members of Institutes of consecrated life living or working in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Delegate for Consecrated Life provides a pastoral presence and supports Institutes of consecrated life in fulfilling their particular mission and undertaking apostolic works for the welfare of God’s people. This office also collaborates with various religious communities, parishes and the Detroit Archdiocesan Vocation Association (DAVA) in the lofty mission of encouraging individuals who demonstrate a propensity toward or a yearning for consecrated life.


The mission of the Office of Consecrated Life (OCL) is to offer pastoral support to religious institutes and members as they work to achieve their goals and the goals of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The purposes of the Office of Consecrated Life are to:

  • Provide timely communication to the Archbishop regarding religious institutes of consecrated life in the Archdiocese of Detroit
  • Share the goals of the Archdiocese of Detroit with persons living in consecrated life for the sake of holy collaboration
  • Support the apostolates, vocation efforts and membership of the religious institutes in the Archdiocese in whatever ways possible.

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Detroit Archdiocesan Vocation Association (DAVA)

Providing and promoting vocation awareness in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

For over 35 years, the members of DAVA have actively promoted a culture of vocation ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit. It consists of persons in consecrated life who are energized to spread the joy of the Gospel and to encourage adults who feel called to a life of consecration. Activities are organized on an annual basis and provide opportunities of discernment as well as educational events designed to assist persons who are seeking a better understanding of various congregations, orders, secular institutes, apostolates, and other forms of Catholic religious life in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Purposes of DAVA

The basic purposes of DAVA are to:

  • Promote vocation awareness with its manifold expressions in living out the Gospel; and
  • Invite young women and men to discern the possibility of a vocation to consecrated life.

In its efforts to nurture vocations, DAVA organizes at least one vocation event per year which may be a collaborative activity with groups in consecrated life residing or offering apostolic service in the Archdiocese of Detroit. DAVA also provides outreach to parishes especially to vocation committees and to various religious communities for the purpose of vocation awareness; concurrently DAVA seeks out individuals and groups such as junior high, high school, college students and college graduates to participate in discernment events. DAVA meetings are held on a monthly basis and as necessary especially in preparation for vocation events.

In cooperation with DAVA, the Office for Consecrated Life (OCL) communicates information regarding these events through the Archdiocesan website, newsletters and emails.

Members are recruited to DAVA on a regular basis. If interested, please contact:
Office of Consecrated Life, Archdiocese of Detroit
12 State St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 596-7154

"…instruct the People of God in the value of consecrated life, so that its beauty and holiness may shine forth in the Church."
Pope Francis, Year of Consecrated Life


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