Religious, Vicar for Religious

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The Vicar for Religious serves as a liaison between the archbishop and archdiocesan offices and the religious orders within the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The office provides resources and collaborative structures for leadership and membership of religious while overseeing the formation and management of Magnificat House of Discernment for Women.

Welcome to the Department of Religious website. We hope this information will be helpful to you in understanding the importance of the Consecrated life.

The Department of Religious serves as the liaison between the religious sisters, brothers and priests of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Archbishop and assures that the religious are kept informed of Archdiocesan events and policies as they relate to their many and varied ministries.

The Department of Religious organizes and plans celebrations such as the annual World Day for Consecrated Life, which is a celebration of the Consecrated life, the annual Jubilee Celebration, which celebrates the anniversaries of vows for all religious, including deacons. The Magnificat House of Discernment for Women is a new project which is a collaboration between the Archbishop and the religious of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is a part of our work encouraging and facilitating vocations to the religious life.

Through the Department of Religious the Archbishop is kept informed of the many ways in which the religious contribute to the growth and needs of the Church in New Orleans. This department helps facilitate new arrivals of religious taking up ministries in New Orleans.

Sr. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, O.Carm.
Vicar for Religious
(504) 861-6280/6281

Congregations of Priests and Brothers

Brothers of the Sacred Heart

Christian Brothers

Congregation of Mother Coredemptrix


Domus Dei Clerical Society

Edmund Rice Christian Brothers

Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Family

Franciscan Friars

Holy Cross Fathers

Jesuits - Society of Jesus


Legionaries of Christ

Marist Brothers

Maryknoll Fathers

Missionary Society of St. Paul

Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Capuchin Franciscans

Order of St. Benedict


Servants of Charity

Society of the Divine Word

Blessed Sacrament Fathers

The Redemptorists

Vincentian Fathers



 Congregations of Sisters

Adrian Dominican Sisters

Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Faith

Congregation of St. Joseph

Daughters of Charity

Daughters of Divine Providence

Daughters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

Daughters of St. Paul

Discalced Carmelite Nuns

Dominican Sisters of Cabra

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Franciscan Handmaids of Mary

Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Lovers of the Holy Cross at Cho Quan

Marianites of Holy Cross

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart

Poor Clare Nuns

Presentation Sisters of Dubuque

Religious of the Sacred Heart

Salesian Sisters Eastern Province

Salesian Sisters Western Province

School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific

Sisters for Christian Community

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth

Sisters of Charity of New York

Sisters of Christian Charity

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (Mid-Atlantic)

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (S. Central)

Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross

Sisters of Mt. Carmel

Sisters of Notre Dame

Sisters of St. Benedict

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

Sisters of the Holy Family

Sisters of the Immaculate Conception

Sisters of the Living Word

Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sisters Servants of Mary

Teresian Sisters

Ursuline Sisters


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Here in the archdiocese we are blessed with a strong religious community and a strong interest in religious vocations. In 2011, Archbishop Aymond and the several orders of religious sisters collaborated on developing something unique that would fill a need in the discernment journey of young women contemplating consecrated life. Magnificat House of Discernment was established in 2012 and has since been living out their mission- to be a house of discernment in which young women, guided by religious mentors and a supportive community, may live in community for up to a year in order to deepen their relationship with God and to discern their vocational call.


Since it’s opening, 3 residents and 2 women actively involved in events have discovered God’s call to consecrated life. Melissa Fisackerly was accepted to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky. “Because I will be leaving my beloved ministry and Louisiana, the next step in my journey is a bittersweet one. We often say that God has a sense of humor – well, God does indeed. I reconnected with a friend that lived in Hammond and now I will be living with her in Louisville, Kentucky.”

Though not all who spend time at the Magnificat House find a solid answer, the house’s sole purpose is to encourage a deeper relationship with God through praying, questioning and discerning. Sometimes, the path we’re guided may be foggy and unclear but that is a testament to our faith. And faith is what God wants from us. Discerner Stephanie Roca describes this best through her experience, “Being at the Magnificat House of Discernment has been, as they say, a challenge and a blessing. It was a challenge in that it challenged my notion of what it means to discern God’s will. When I came to the house, I came with an agenda—I was here to discover whether religious life was for me. If not, then I would go to graduate school. If so, then I would be told what community and head off, end of story. To me, discernment was a black and white issue, but discernment is not black and white. When I failed to receive “answers,” it became a blessing because it forced me to change my questions. I now ask myself “Who am I? Who is God for me? Who am I to God? What do I believe?” I need more time to figure out who I am as an adult and a child of God. I decided to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for the 2015- 2016 year.”

Often all it takes to hear God’s call in our lives is to just be open. The program at Magnificat House revolves around the established daily routine of the residents and includes prayer time, formation, spiritual direction, shared meals and community living.

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