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

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Benedictine Sisters (OSB)

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

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

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

Order of Discalced Carmelites
local_phone (02) 8795 3450
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Carmelite Missionaries (CM)

The Congregation of Carmelite Missionaries
local_phone (02) 8795 0816
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Carmelite Sisters (OCD)

Discalced Nuns of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
local_phone (02) 9820 3048
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Christian Brothers (CFC)

The Congregation of Christian Brothers
local_phone (02) 4234 1564
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Daughters of Our Lady of the Visitation (FMV)

Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Visitation
local_phone (02) 4271 5649
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Divine Word Missionaries (SVD)

Society of the Divine Word
local_phone (02) 9605 6169
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Franciscan Friars (OFM)

Order of Friars Minor
local_phone (02) 4626 2400
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Friars Minor Conventual (OFM Conv)

Order of Friars Minor Conventual
local_phone (02) 4276 3565
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Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM)

The Congregation of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
local_phone (02) 4222 2411
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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
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Good Samaritan Sisters (SGS)

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

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

Marist Brothers of the Schools
local_phone (02) 4872 1911
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Marist Sisters (SM)

Congregation of Mary
local_phone 0417 279 529
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Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC)

Missionarii Sacratissimi Cordis
local_phone (02) 4630 0200
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Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI)

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

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

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

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

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

Pious Society of St Charles
local_phone 0406 674 635
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Sisters of Charity (RSC)

Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Australia
local_phone (02) 9367 1222
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Sisters of St Paul of Chartres (SPC)

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

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