Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

What are the evangelical counsels for the consecrated life?

Published January 12, 2015

Those who live the consecrated life marry themselves to Christ’s own lifestyle of poverty, chastity and obedience. Important for all Christians to emulate, these three promises are known as evangelical counsels, which are central to consecrated life.


The vow of poverty calls the consecrated to detach themselves from the distraction of money and physical possessions in order to more fully attach themselves to God and trust in God’s providence.


Consecrated women and men offer their sexuality and their desire to be a mother or father as gifts to God. Their vow of chastity requires the practice of self-control and self-sacrifice.


When consecrated women and men take a vow of obedience they completely submit to God’s will and plan for their lives.