Through Baptism, all Christians are called to the fullness of Christian life. By means of the three Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, made in accordance with our Constitutions, our baptismal consecration is further unfolded. The vows are based upon the words and example of our Lord, and do not stunt the human personality, even though religious profession implies the renunciation of highly esteemed values. When freely accepted, the evangelical counsels contribute to the purification of the heart and to the freedom of the spirit.


Through our Religious Profession, we place our life at the service of God and the Church. We are taken by God as His possession, sent, and given to the world. From our Vows, there also follows an obligation to adoration, community, reparation and apostolic service. (Constitution Article 65)