Vocations

“All Christians are called to sanctity.”
(Dom Gréa, De l’Église et sa divine Constitution, p. 448; cf. Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, §5.)

The vocation of all the baptized to become holy is one, but the calls of God are varied, as are the ways in which man freely responds.

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We, the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, desire to answer joyfully this call by which God has invited us to holiness in the religious state. We believe that it is “the most complete state and touches more closely than anything upon the very substance of the Church” (Dom Gréa, De l’Église et sa divine Constitution, p. 453). It is this call to be sent in imitation of Christ and through Him to serve the faithful by means of our brotherhood and priesthood that builds up the body of Christ until He comes again.

We desire that all who would join our community have a zeal for the community and apostolic life lived in that “Paschal joy,” one refined and deepened by a love of prayer and Christian penance, and made manifest in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, so that through us God’s plan may be realized.


“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

(Matthew 9: 37)

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Signs of a C.R.I.C. Vocation

We are serious about our ideal of life in common, our spirituality: love for the Sacred Liturgy, and our apostolic work in parish ministry. The Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception are centered on the Eucharist, devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and faithful to the Magisterium. We serve in parishes that we may bring the saving mercy of God to through our life, our prayer and our apostolate. The qualities and signs of a C.R.I.C. vocation that we are looking for in a man who feels called to the religious life as a priest or a brother are:

  • A sincere desire to become holy.
  • Fidelity to the Holy Father and to the Magisterium of the Church.
  • A filial devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • The desire to enter the religious life to follow Christ in the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.
  • The capacity for community life and a generous spirit of service.
  • Confident masculine identity and integrity.
  • Have good physical, emotional and psychological health, with a good moral character for a life of community, prayer and apostolic work.
  • The desire to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) with all due solemnity, and a love for personal prayer.
  • The willingness to serve the Church in the parish ministry and the duties assigned by the superiors.
  • The enthusiasm to help us build our community through patience, hard work and abandonment to Divine Providence.

Father, you have appointed your Son Jesus Christ eternal High Priest.
Guide those he has chosen to be ministers of word and sacrament,
and help them to be faithful in fulfilling the ministry they have received.

Father, you call those who believe in you to grow in perfect love
by following in the footsteps of Christ your Son.
May those whom you have chosen to serve you
as Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception
provide by their way of life a convincing sign of your kingdom
for the Church and the whole world

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception)

Requirements

Applicants to our community should meet the following requirements in order to be considered for entrance into our formation program:

Requirements for the Brotherhood:

  • Be a Roman Catholic with a good moral character for a life of community, prayer and apostolic work.
  • Be in good physical, emotional and psychological health.
  • Must be free from all moral and financial obligations.
  • Converts to Catholicism should have at least 5 years since their reception into the Catholic Church.
  • Have at least a high school education, some work experience or military service.
  • Candidates for the brotherhood are accepted up to 38 years of age.

We welcome those who desire to live their religious call as a brother. Brothers serve the community and the Church in many non-sacramental ways. We invite you to come and offer the sacrifice of your work and talents, that you may proclaim the gospel through the consecration of your life to God. Our brothers are an essential part of our community, not only in their regular duties and various works in service, but also by their presence and dedication to our liturgical prayer. Along with the varying skills and abilities of our brothers, together with the priests, they work in our pastoral ministry always bringing the grace and love of their own religious consecration to all they encounter and assist.

Requirements for the Priesthood:

  • Be a Roman Catholic with a good moral character for a life of community, prayer and apostolic work.
  • Be in good physical, emotional and psychological health.
  • Must be free from all moral and financial obligations.
  • Converts to the Catholicism should have at least 5 years since their reception into the Catholic Church.
  • Two years or more of college is preferred or military service.
  • Candidates for the priesthood are accepted up to 30 years of age.

We welcome those who desire to live their lives as a religious-priest. Priests serve the community in our apostolic work primarily in our parishes. Through the consecrated life and the ordained priesthood we invite you to come and offer the great gift of self in imitation of Christ, that in serving the people of God we may save souls. The priests of our community not only serve in pastoral ministry but also by their presence and dedication to our liturgical prayer.

Discernment

Those who are interested in our way of life and would like to learn more are invited to contact us that we may discuss your vocation. If we feel that you may be called to our life and you meet the vocation requirements, then we set up a time for an initial visit (usually from 5-10 days). Your visit will allow you to see and experience first hand our life and prayer providing the opportunity to better discern your vocation. It is also an opportunity for us to get to know you better and discern your vocation to our community. It is possible and even recommended to make more than one visit in this period of discernment. We will provide your transportation to and from the airport (if necessary) and the accommodations at the Dom Gréa House are without cost to you. However, we do ask that you provide your own transportation to the Los Angeles area.

Once you have made your visit and had the opportunity to see and know our life, prayer and work, you will have time to reflect on your visit and mature your discernment.

If you feel called to our way of life and prayer, and the Community approves, then the application process will begin.