Some Christians, both lay and ordained, are called to deepen their baptismal vows by taking additional vows and living religious lives of prayer, ministry, and witness to Christ. For most, the vows are poverty, chastity, and obedience; those in the Benedictine tradition take vows of obedience, conversion of life, and stability. Some religious are called to live out their religious life as a member of a religious community; others are called to a solitary religious life.
A. Communities Some communities live in residential community, others are members of a community but live alone or with their families. At this time, there are no residential communities in the Independent Catholic Christian Church. There are a number of different religious traditions with particular charisms, such as the Benedictine, Franciscan, Augustinian, Dominican, Carmelite, and Ignatian traditions. Most religious communities are part of such a tradition. At this time, there is one religious community in the Independent Catholic Christian Church.
Hermits of Mercy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel We are a community of hermit-monks, who live in the modern world, living a life of prayer in the Carmelite tradition and being of service to others through work and praying. We live in our own homes / domiciles / hermitages and are self-supporting. We dedicate our lives in the service of our Christian brothers and sisters by performing both corporal and spiritual works of mercy. For more information, including information on discerning a vocation, please visit the website: www.carmelitesofmercy.com.
B. Solitary Religious Some are called to live as solitaries, or hermits, consecrating their lives of service by a life of intense prayer. For more information on discerning a vocation, please contact our Vocation Director at ICCCVocations@gmail.com.
For additional information about religious life in the ICCC, please read our Canons.