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A Retreat for Girls, Ages 13-18
August 23-24, 2019

Religious Jubilees

Celebration of Religious Jubilarians
October 19, 2019
St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Taunton
Details to follow

World Day for Consecrated Life3

World Day for Consecrated Life 2020

A Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life will take place on February 1, 2020 at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Taunton as part of the Fall River Diocesan observance of World Day for Consecrated Life. On this day, all are encouraged to pray for those who have made commitments in the consecrated life and to thank them on their special day for their generous response to God’s gift of their vocation.

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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. Remain in me, as I remain in you. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you to go and bear fruit that will remain” (John 15: 1,16).

“The charism of Religious Life is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who is always at work within the Church.”
Perfectae Caritatis, no. 11.




2018 Consecrated Religious Day of Retreat, Thanksgiving, and Celebration of Jubilarians

The Fall River Diocese hosted a gathering of men and women religious in October 2018 at St. John Neumann Parish, situated on beautiful grounds alongside Long Pond in East Freetown. Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., celebrated Mass with them, and jubiliarians celebrating 75, 70, 65, 50 and 25 years of religious life were recognized. The day included time for contemplative prayer, reflection, interactive exercises, and time in nature for attendees to explore the journey of ecological conversion of their spirits for the planet that Pope Francis speaks of in his encyclical, “Laudato Sí”.  Guest speaker for the program was Christina Leaño, who is associate director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement as well as a retreat and spiritual director and faith-based activist. (See the photos from the day below.)  Click here for the list of  honored jubilarians.









Diocese of Fall River – The Office for Religious –

    • The Office for Religious serves as liaison between the Bishop and the Religious in the Diocese.
      It serves as liaison between the local parishes and the religious.
    • The Office provides pastoral services to religious and consecrated persons who live and serve in the Diocese of Fall River.
    • It affirms the contribution which religious life offers to the Church in the Diocese and supports the spiritual development of religious within the Diocese. The Office is a vehicle for communication connecting the various charisms of consecrated life with the needs of the Church.
    • The Office also works in initiating and sustaining collegial relationships among laity, members of consecrated life and the clergy, actively promoting a culture of vocations for the good of the total local Church.
    • In conjunction with the Vocations Office, it fosters the awareness of the Call of God for each person, as primarily a call to holiness and happiness in the service of others, in the family setting, in society and in the Church. It encourages and supports the creation of Parish Vocation Committees where the whole Community can be invited to sustain and strengthen each one’s call through prayer, hospitality and the affirmation of God’s gifts.

Services Provided by the Office for Religious Include:

  • Maintaining the database for religious
  • Pastoral presence for religious and others in Consecrated Life
  • Planning of events: Jubilee Celebration for Religious, the Day of Consecrated Life with the presence of the Bishop at these gatherings and planning for meetings of Religious Leadership according to the Bishop’s convocation.
  • Collaboration with other agencies/departments in matters regarding Consecrated Life.
  • Information, advice and referrals according to diocesan policies, canonical issues, housing, networking, ministry, vocations and formation resources.
  • Coordination of the Annual Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal throughout the diocese.
  • Maintaining contact with the clergy and other diocesan offices in order to effect collaboration between clergy and religious in ministry.

Sr. Paulina Hurtado, O.P., is the Episcopal Representative for Religious.
She may be reached by telephone at 508-675-1311 or by e-mail:

To learn about a particular Religious community, click on its name below to be directed to its website.

Contact Us

450 Highland Avenue
PO Box 2577
Fall River, MA 02722

Phone: 508-675-1311