Religious congregations

Religious Congregations are groups of men or women who have chosen to express their Christian commitment by living in community and taking lifelong vows—usually vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

These women and men commit their lives to serving God and the Church through prayer and sacrifice, living and working alongside the Church, seeking to love and serve everyone they encounter.

They are governed according to their constitutions, which are usually approved by the pope, or in some cases, the local bishop. They cannot work in a diocese without the consent of a bishop and they can often own property and institutions.

There are currently 27 religious congregations living in the diocese offering a range of pastoral, social welfare, educational, aged care and health services for people in our community.

Religious congregations


Benedictine Sisters (OSB)

The Benedictine Nuns of Jamberoo Abbey
local_phone (02) 4236 0628

Brown Sisters (OLN)

Our Lady's Nurses for the Poor
local_phone (02) 9605 1838

Carmelites (O Carm)

Order of Brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
local_phone (02) 4236 0310

Carmelite Friars (OCD)

Order of Discalced Carmelites
local_phone (02) 8795 3450

Carmelite Missionaries (CM)

The Congregation of Carmelite Missionaries
local_phone (02) 8795 0816

Christian Brothers (CFC)

The Congregation of Christian Brothers
local_phone (02) 4234 1564

Daughters of Our Lady of the Visitation (FMV)

Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Visitation
local_phone (02) 4271 5649

Divine Word Missionaries (SVD)

Society of the Divine Word
local_phone (02) 9605 6169

Franciscan Friars (OFM)

Order of Friars Minor
local_phone (02) 4626 2400

Friars Minor Conventual (OFM Conv)

Order of Friars Minor Conventual
local_phone (02) 4276 3565

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM)

The Congregation of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
local_phone (02) 4222 2400

Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (FCJ)

The Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
local_phone (02) 4275 2068

Good Samaritan Sisters (SGS)

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan
local_phone (02) 4228 9680

Josephites (RSJ)

Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart
local_phone (02) 4677 1477

Marist Brothers (FMS)

Marist Brothers of the Schools
local_phone (02) 4872 1911

Missionaries of God’s Love sisters (MGL)

Sisters of the Missionaries of God's Love
pin_drop Carmel House, 345 St Andrews Road, Varroville NSW 2566
local_phone 0402 602 520
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Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI)

Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
local_phone (02) 4626 3055

OLSH Sisters (FDNSC)

Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
local_phone (02) 4861 3223

Pauline Fathers (OSPPE)

Order of St Paul the First Hermit
local_phone (02) 4878 9192

Poor Clares (OSC)

Sisters of the Order of St Clare
local_phone (02) 4625 1591

Presentation Sisters (PBVM)

Congregation of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
local_phone (02) 4222 2411

Scalabrinian Fathers (CS)

Pious Society of St Charles
local_phone 0406 674 635

Sisters of Charity (RSC)

Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Australia
local_phone (02) 9367 1222

Sisters of St Paul of Chartres (SPC)

The Congregation of the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres
local_phone (02) 4869 6607

Society of Christ (SChr)

The Society of Christ Fathers for Poles Living Abroad
local_phone 0410 225 975