The Religious Life

Some men and women are called to live what is known as the ‘Religious Life’, as a monk, a friar or a nun.

There are lots of different ways of being a religious – as a Layperson or as someone who is ordained, in communities that are active or enclosed. Each community has a particular way of serving God – through ministries of teaching, hospitality, nursing, community work, spiritual direction etc.

There is a renewed interest in the religious life for people in their everyday lives.

Many ordinary people live as Associates, Oblates, Companions or members of Third Orders – linked to religious communities through prayer and a rule of life.

There are also lots of expressions of ‘new monasticism’ emerging throughout the country – see

The Community of St John the Divine has been in Birmingham for many years. They are the sisters who have inspired the ‘Call the Midwife’ TV series. Now they offer a ministry of prayer, hospitality and spiritual direction. They welcome visitors and can be contacted at:

You can find more information about the different religious orders at: