Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

AcronymAscendingInstitute or Society (Pontifical Right)TypeNumber of CardinalsNumber of Bishops
A.A.Congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption (Assumptionists)Clerical Religious Congregation2
B. / C.R.S.P.Clerics Regular of Saint Paul (Barnabites)Order of Clerics Regular2
B.A.Basilian Alepian OrderMonastic Order4
B.C.Basilian Chouerite Order of Saint John the BaptistMonastic Order4
BethléemMonastic Family of Bethlehem, of the Assumption of the Virgin and of Saint Bruno (Monks and Sisters of Bethlehem)Institute of Consecrated Life
B.S.Basilian Order of the Most Holy Saviour (Salvatorian Fathers)Monastic Order4
C.A.M.Benedictine Congregation of the Mechitarists (Mechitarists)Monastic Order1
C.F.A.Alexian Brothers (Alexians)Lay Religious Congregation
C.F.C.Christian BrothersLay Religious Congregation
C.F.I.C.Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate ConceptionLay Religious Congregation1
C.F.S.Congregation of the Priestly FraternityClerical Religious Congregation
C.G.S.Congregation of Jesus the PriestClerical Religious Congregation
C.I.Josephites of BelgiumClerical Religious Congregation
C.I.C.M.Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Scheutists)Clerical Religious Congregation13
C.I.M. / C.J.M.Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)Society of Apostolic Life8
C.M.Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians, Lazarists)Society of Apostolic Life232
C.M.F.Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians)Clerical Religious Congregation218
C.M.I.Carmelites of Mary ImmaculateClerical Religious Congregation10
C.M.M.Congregation of Mariannhill MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation2
C.M.M.Brothers of Our Lady, Mother of Mercy (of Tilburg)Lay Religious Congregation
C.O.Confederation of Oratories of Saint Philip Neri (Oratorians)Society of Apostolic Life3
C.O.I.Oratory of France (Oratorians of France)Society of Apostolic Life
C.Op.Congregation of Christian Workers of Saint Joseph CalasanzClerical Religious Congregation
C.O.R.C.Workers of the Kingdom of ChristSociety of Apostolic Life1
C.P.Congregation of the Passion (Passionists)Clerical Religious Congregation12
C.P.C.R.Parochial Cooperators of Christ the KingClerical Religious Congregation
C.P.M.Fathers of MercyClerical Religious Congregation
C.PP.S.Missionaries of the Precious BloodSociety of Apostolic Life2
C.R.Congregation of Clerics Regular (Theatines)Order of Clerics Regular1
C.R.Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Resurrectionists)Clerical Religious Congregation2
C.R.A.Swiss Congregation of Canons Regular of Saint Maurice of AgauneOrder of Canons Regular
C.R.B.Canons Regular of the Hospitaller Congregation of Great Saint BernardOrder of Canons Regular1
C.R.I.C.Canons Regular of the Immaculate ConceptionOrder of Canons Regular
C.R.L.Canons Regular of the Congregation of the Most Holy Saviour of the LateranOrder of Canons Regular1
C.R.L.A.Canons Regular of the Lateran Congregation of AustriaOrder of Canons Regular
C.R.M.Clerics Regular MinorOrder of Clerics Regular
C.R.S.Clerics Regular of Somasca (Somascans)Order of Clerics Regular1
C.R.S.A.Confederation of Canons Regular of Saint AugustineOrder of Canons Regular1
C.R.S.V.Canons Regular of the Congregation of Saint VictorOrder of Canons Regular1
C.R.V.Canons Regular of Saint Augustine of the Congregation of WindesheimOrder of Canons Regular
C.R.V.C.Canons Regular of the Congregation of the Brothers of Community LifeOrder of Canons Regular
C.S.Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles Borromeo (Scalabrinians)Clerical Religious Congregation16
C.S.B.Congregation of Saint Basil (Basilians)Clerical Religious Congregation3
C.S.C.Congregation of Holy Cross (Holy Cross Fathers)Clerical Religious Congregation13
C.S.Ch.Congregation of the Schools of CharityClerical Religious Congregation
C.S.F.Congregation of the Holy Family of BergamoClerical Religious Congregation2
C.S.I.Congregation of Saint JosephClerical Religious Congregation4
C.S.I.B.P.Congregation of Saint John the Baptist PrecursorClerical Religious Congregation
C.S.M.A.Congregation of Saint Michael the Archangel (Michaelites)Clerical Religious Congregation1
C.S.P.Paulist Fathers (Paulists)Society of Apostolic Life
C.S.P.Society of St. PaulClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
C.S.R.Rosarian FathersClerical Religious Congregation
C.S.S.Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (Stigmatines)Clerical Religious Congregation8
C.S.Sp.Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans, Holy Ghost Fathers)Clerical Religious Congregation33
C.SS.R.Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists)Clerical Religious Congregation151
C.S.T.Congregation of Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus “Little Flower”Clerical Religious Congregation2
C.S.V.Clerics of Saint Viator (Viatorians)Clerical Religious Congregation2
C.V.Vincentian CongregationSociety of Apostolic Life2
D.C.Congregation of Christian Doctrine (Dottrinari)Clerical Religious Congregation1
E.B.C.English Benedictine CongregationMonastic Order1
E.C.M.C.Camaldolese Hermits of Mount CoronaMonastic Order
E.P.Clerical Society of Virgo Flos CarmeliSociety of Apostolic Life
F.A.M.Congregation of the Sons of Merciful LoveClerical Religious Congregation2
F.C.Sons of CharityClerical Religious Congregation
F.d.C.C.Sons of Charity (Canossians)Clerical Religious Congregation
F.D.M.Brothers of Our Lady of MercyLay Religious Congregation
F.D.P.Sons of Divine ProvidenceClerical Religious Congregation7
F.F.I. / F.I.Franciscan Friars of the ImmaculateClerical Religious Congregation
F.I.C.Brothers of the Immaculate Conception of MaastrichtLay Religious Congregation
F.I.C.P.Brothers of Christian Instruction of PloërmelLay Religious Congregation
F.M.I.Congregation of the Sons of Mary ImmaculateClerical Religious Congregation1
F.M.I.Congregation of the Sons of Mary Immaculate (Pavonians)Clerical Religious Congregation
F.M.R.Missionary Brothers of the CountrysideClerical Religious Congregation
F.M.S. / P.F.M.Marist BrothersLay Religious Congregation
F.M.V.D.Verbum Dei Missionary FraternityInstitute of Consecrated Life
F.N.Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth of Blessed Father PiamartaClerical Religious Congregation
F.S.C.Brothers of the Christian Schools (Lasalians, De La Salle Brothers)Lay Religious Congregation
F.S.C.B.Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of Saint Charles BorromeoSociety of Apostolic Life2
F.S.F.Brothers of the Holy Family of BelleyLay Religious Congregation
F.S.M.I.Sons of Saint Mary ImmaculateClerical Religious Congregation
F.S.O.Spiritual Family “The Work”Institute of Consecrated Life
F.S.S.P.Priestly Fraternity of Saint PeterSociety of Apostolic Life
F.S.V.F.Fraternity of Saint Vincent FerrerClerical Religious Congregation
G.H.M.Glenmary Home MissionersSociety of Apostolic Life
H.G.N.Heralds of Good NewsSociety of Apostolic Life
I.C.Institute of Charity (Rosminians)Clerical Religious Congregation1
I.C.N.Chemin Neuf InstituteClerical Religious Congregation
I.E.M.E.Saint Francis Xavier Spanish Institute for Foreign MissionsSociety of Apostolic Life3
I.M.C.Consolata MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation16
I.M.S.Indian Missionary SocietyClerical Religious Congregation
I.S.M.Missionary Priests of the Kingship of ChristClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
I.S.M.Missionaries of the Kingship of ChristLay Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
I.S.P.C.J.Institute of the Priests of the Heart of JesusClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
Ist. del PradoPrado InstituteLay Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
I.V.D.Institute Voluntas DeiClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
L.C.Congregation of the Legionaries of ChristClerical Religious Congregation4
M. Afr.Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers)Society of Apostolic Life11
M.C.B.S.Missionary Congregation of the Blessed SacramentClerical Religious Congregation2
M.C.C.J.Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (Comboni Missionaries)Clerical Religious Congregation20
M.D.R.Missionaries of the Divine RedeemerClerical Religious Congregation
M.E.P.Paris Foreign Missions SocietySociety of Apostolic Life6
M.G.Guadalupe MissionariesSociety of Apostolic Life1
M.H.M.Saint Joseph’s Missionary Society of Mill HillSociety of Apostolic Life2
M.I.Clerks Regular of the Ministers of the Sick (Camillians)Order of Clerics Regular1
M.I.C.Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Marian Fathers)Clerical Religious Congregation2
M.I.C.Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception of Lourdes (Fathers of Garaison)Clerical Religious Congregation
M.Id.Institute Id of Christ the Redeemer (Idente Missionaries)Institute of Consecrated Life
M.J. / S.S.I.Missionaries of Saint JosephClerical Religious Congregation2
M.M.Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America (Maryknoll Fathers)Society of Apostolic Life2
M.N.M.Missionaries of the Nativity of MaryClerical Religious Congregation1
M.O.Missionaries of WorkersClerical Religious Congregation
M.S.Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSaletteClerical Religious Congregation2
M.S.A.Clerical Society of the Missionaries of the Holy ApostlesSociety of Apostolic Life
M.S.C.Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacred Heart Missionaries)Clerical Religious Congregation23
M.S.C.Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Saint Mary of GuadalupeClerical Religious Congregation
M.S.F.Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy FamilyClerical Religious Congregation7
M.S.F.S.Missionaries of Saint Francis de Sales (Fransalians)Clerical Religious Congregation1
M.S.P.Missionary Servants of the WordClerical Religious Congregation
M.Sp.S.Missionaries of the Holy SpiritClerical Religious Congregation4
M.SS.CC.Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and MaryClerical Religious Congregation
M.SS.CC.Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary of MallorcaClerical Religious Congregation
M.S.S.P.Missionary Society of Saint PaulClerical Religious Congregation
M.X.Y. / I.M.E.Y.Yarumal Society for the Foreign MissionsSociety of Apostolic Life5
N.D.V.Institute of Our Lady of LifeClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
O.A.D.Order of Discalced Augustinians (Discalced Augustinians)Mendicant Order1
O.A.M.Antonin Maronite OrderMonastic Order2
O.A.O.C.Antonian Order of Saint Ormizda of the ChaldeansMonastic Order
O.A.R.Order of Augustinian Recollects (Augustinian Recollects)Mendicant Order117
O. Carm. / O.C.Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmelites)Mendicant Order11
O. Cart.Carthusian Order (Carthusians)Monastic Order
O.C.D.Order of Discalced Carmelites (Teresian Carmelites)Mendicant Order20
O. Cist.Order of Cistercians (Cistercians)Monastic Order12
O. Cr.Knights of the Cross with the Red StarOrder of Canons Regular
O.C.S.O.Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists)Monastic Order3
O. de M.Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy (Mercedarians)Mendicant Order6
O.F.B.Order of Brothers of Bethlehem (Bethlehemites)Mendicant Order
O.F.M.Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans)Mendicant Order5114
O.F.M. Cap.Order of Capuchin Friars Minor (Capuchin Franciscans)Mendicant Order190
O.F.M. Conv.Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Conventual Franciscans)Mendicant Order21
O.H. / F.B.F.Order of the Hospitallers of Saint John of GodMendicant Order1
O.I.C.Order of the Imitation of ChristClerical Religious Congregation2
O.J.J.A.Institute of the Work of YouthLay Religious Congregation
O.L.M.Lebanese Maronite Order (Baladites)Monastic Order5
O.M.Order of the MinimsMendicant Order2
O.M.D.Clerks Regular of the Mother of God of LuccaOrder of Clerics Regular
O.M.D.Order of the Discalced Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy (Discalced Mercedarians)Mendicant Order
O.M.I.Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Oblates)Clerical Religious Congregation146
O.M.M.Mariamite Maronite Order (Aleppians)Monastic Order12
O.M.V.Oblates of the Virgin MaryClerical Religious Congregation
O.P.Order of Preachers (Dominicans)Mendicant Order333
O. Praem.Order of the Canons Regular of Prémontré (Norbertines, Premonstratensians)Order of Canons Regular5
O.R.C.Order of Canons Regular of the Holy CrossOrder of Canons Regular1
O.S.A.Order of Saint Augustine (Augustinians)Mendicant Order119
O.S.B.Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict (Benedictines)Monastic Order1
O.S.B.Benedictine Congregation of Austria of the Immaculate ConceptionMonastic Order1
O.S.B.Benedictine Congregation of the AnnunciationMonastic Order1
O.S.B.Beuronese Benedictine CongregationMonastic Order
O.S.B.Benedictine Congregation of BrazilMonastic Order2
O.S.B.Benedictine Congregation of SwitzerlandMonastic Order2
O.S.B.Cono-Sur Benedictine Congregation of the Holy CrossMonastic Order1
O.S.B.Slavonic Benedictine Congregation of Saint Adalbert and Saint MargaretMonastic Order
O.S.B.Benedictine Congregation of BavariaMonastic Order1
O.S.B.Benedictine Congregation of HungaryMonastic Order1
O.S.B.Benedictine Congregation of Saint Ottilien (Missionary Benedictines)Monastic Order3
O.S.B.Subiaco Cassinese Benedictine CongregationMonastic Order4
O.S.B.Swiss-American Benedictine CongregationMonastic Order2
O.S.B.Solesmes CongregationMonastic Order1
O.S.B.American-Cassinese Benedictine CongregationMonastic Order5
O.S.B. Cam.Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of Saint Benedict (Camaldolese)Monastic Order
O.S.B.I.Italian Basilian Order of GrottaferrataMonastic Order
O.S.B.M.Basilian Order of Saint JosaphatMonastic Order11
O.S.B. Oliv.Benedictine Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Olivet (Olivetans)Monastic Order
O.S.B. Silv.Sylvestrine Congregation of the Benedictine Order (Sylvestrines)Monastic Order1
O.S.B. Vall.Vallumbrosan Congregation of the Benedictine Order (Vallombrosians)Monastic Order1
O.S.C. / O.Cruc.Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (Crosiers)Order of Canons Regular1
O.S.F.S.Oblates of Saint Francis de SalesClerical Religious Congregation1
O.S.H.Order of Saint Jerome (Hieronymites)Monastic Order
O.S.J.Oblates of Saint Joseph (Josephines of Asti)Clerical Religious Congregation2
O.S.M.Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites)Mendicant Order6
O.S.P.P.E.Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit (Pauline Fathers)Monastic Order3
O.SS.T.Order of the Most Holy Trinity (Trinitarians)Mendicant Order2
O.T.Imperial Order of the Teutonic Knights of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Jerusalem (Teutonic Order)Order of Canons Regular
P.F.J.Little Brothers of JesusLay Religious Congregation
P.I.M.E.Pontifical Institute for Foreign MissionsSociety of Apostolic Life6
P.M.E.Society of Foreign MissionsSociety of Apostolic Life4
P.M.S.Little Mission for the Deaf and DumbClerical Religious Congregation
P.O.C.R.Pious Workers Rural Catechists (Ardorini Missionaries)Clerical Religious Congregation1
PradoAssociations of Priests of PradoClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life7
P.SchönstattInstitute of Schönstatt FathersClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life12
P.S.D.P.Poor Servants of Divine ProvidenceClerical Religious Congregation3
P.S.J.Society of Priests of Saint JamesSociety of Apostolic Life
P.S.M.Priests of Saint Mary of TinchebrayClerical Religious Congregation
P.S.S.Society of Priests of Saint Sulpice (Sulpicians)Society of Apostolic Life114
P.S.S.G.Society of Saint CajetanClerical Religious Congregation
R.C.I. / R.C.J.Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus (Rogationists)Clerical Religious Congregation1
R.S.V.Religious of Saint Vincent de PaulClerical Religious Congregation1
S.A.Franciscan Friars of the AtonementClerical Religious Congregation
S.A.C.Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines)Society of Apostolic Life9
S.C.Congregation of Servants of CharityClerical Religious Congregation1
Sch. P. / S.P.Order of Poor Clerks Regular of the Mother of God of the Pious Schools (Piarists)Order of Clerics Regular1
S.Chr. / T.Chr.Society of Christ for Polish ImmigrantsClerical Religious Congregation1
S.C.I.Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians)Clerical Religious Congregation125
S.C.I. di Béth.Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of BétharramClerical Religious Congregation2
S.C.J. / T.D.Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Timon David Fathers)Clerical Religious Congregation
S.C.S.Society of Christ the LordInstitute of Consecrated Life
S.C.V.Sodalitium of Christian LifeSociety of Apostolic Life2
S.D.B.Salesians of Saint John Bosco (Salesians)Clerical Religious Congregation9115
S.d.P.Missionary Servants of the Poor (Morsel of the Poor)Clerical Religious Congregation1
S.D.S.Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians)Clerical Religious Congregation3
S.D.V.Society of Divine Vocations (Vocationists)Clerical Religious Congregation1
S.F.Sons of the Holy Family of Jesus Mary and JosephClerical Religious Congregation1
S.F.M.Scarboro Foreign Mission SocietySociety of Apostolic Life
S.F.X.Society of the Missionaries of Saint Francis Xavier (Pilar Fathers)Society of Apostolic Life2
S.I.M. / S.J.M.Servants of Jesus and MaryClerical Religious Congregation
S.J. / S.I.Society of Jesus (Jesuits)Order of Clerics Regular375
S.M.Society of Mary (Marists)Clerical Religious Congregation12
S.M.Society of Mary (Marianists)Clerical Religious Congregation1
S.M.Company of Mary for the Education of the DeafClerical Religious Congregation
S.M.A.Society of African MissionsSociety of Apostolic Life9
S.M.B.Society of Bethlehem Mission ImmenseeSociety of Apostolic Life
S.M.M.Missionaries of the Company of Mary (Montfort Missionaries)Clerical Religious Congregation8
S.M.P. / S.M.B.N.Portuguese Missionary SocietySociety of Apostolic Life1
S.P.Servants of the ParacleteClerical Religious Congregation
S.P. ad V.Congregation of Saint Peter in ChainsClerical Religious Congregation
S.P.S.Saint Patrick’s Society for the Foreign MissionsSociety of Apostolic Life4
S.S.C.Society of Priests of Saint Joseph Benedict CottolengoSociety of Apostolic Life1
SS.CC.Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Picpus Fathers)Clerical Religious Congregation10
S.S.C.G.Priests of the Sacred Heart of JesusClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
S.S.C.M.E.Missionary Society of Saint Columban (Columban Missionaries)Society of Apostolic Life
S.S.E.Society of Saint Edmund (Edmundites)Clerical Religious Congregation
S.S.J.Society of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Josephites)Society of Apostolic Life1
S.S.P.Society of Saint PaulClerical Religious Congregation
S.S.S.Congregation of the Blessed SacramentClerical Religious Congregation7
S.T. / M.S.SS.T.Missionary Servants of Most Holy TrinityClerical Religious Congregation
S.V.D.Society of the Divine Word (Divine Word Missionaries)Clerical Religious Congregation48
S.X.Xaverian Missionary Fathers (Xaverians)Clerical Religious Congregation3
T.C.Capuchin Tertiary Religious of Our Lady of SorrowsClerical Religious Congregation
T.O.R.Third Order Regular of Saint FrancisMendicant Order2
AcronymAscendingInstitute or Society (Diocesan Right)TypeNumber of CardinalsNumber of Bishops
A.J.Congregation of the Apostles of JesusClerical Religious Congregation1
ALCP/OSSApostolic Life Community of Priests in the Opus Spiritus Sancti (Holy Spirit Fathers)Society of Apostolic Life1
C.C.Companions of the CrossSociety of Apostolic Life1
C.D.D.Congregation of the Disciples of the LordClerical Religious Congregation
C.M.S.A.A.Missionary Congregation of Saint Andrew the ApostleClerical Religious Congregation1
C.S.J.B.Congregation of Saint John the BaptistClerical Religious Congregation
I.C.P.B.Patriarchal Clergy Institute of BzommarClerical Religious Congregation6
I.S.P.X.Secular Institute of Pius XClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life1
I.V.E.Institute of the Incarnate WordClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life
L.M. / C.M.L.Congregation of the Lebanese Maronite MissionariesClerical Religious Congregation4
M.D.P.Missionaries of the PlainClerical Religious Congregation1
M.S.P.Missionary Society of Saint Paul of NigeriaSociety of Apostolic Life3
M.S.P.Society of Missionaries of Saint PaulClerical Religious Congregation8
M.S.P.Mission Society of the PhilippinesSociety of Apostolic Life1
M.S.T.Missionary Society of Saint Thomas the ApostleSociety of Apostolic Life1
M.S.U.Ukrainian Studite MonksMonastic Order14
O.S.S.Work of the Holy SpiritSociety of Apostolic Life1
O.Ss.C.A.Oblates of Saints Ambrose and CharlesSociety of Apostolic Life
O.Ss.G.C.N.Oblates of Saints Charles and Gaudentius of NovaraSociety of Apostolic Life
P.F.E.Little Brothers of the GospelLay Religious Congregation1
S.C.P.Servants of Christ the PriestClerical Secular Institute of Consecrated Life1
S.D.N.Missionaries of Our Lady of the Most Blessed SacramentSociety of Apostolic Life1
S.J.M.V.Society of Saint John Mary VianneySociety of Apostolic Life1

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