Active Religious House denotes a currently active chapel of an abbey, cloister, convent, friary, hermitage, monastery, priory, seminary, skete, or other institution that houses a religious community and which may or may not be open to lay faithful.
Occasionally, the worship space in such a community serves the dual role of a parish church; however, most often it exists to serve the resident religious community. For this reason, we recommend consulting the entry 'Notes' to determine which Divine Services are open to public attendance. If the Notes are unclear, or if any doubt remains, please contact the religious community before visiting with the intention of participating in Divine Services.
We honor the relics of the martyrs, that we may adore Him whose martyrs they are. We honor the servants that their honor may be reflected upon their Lord who Himself says: "He that receives you receives me."
St. Jerome, Epistle 109:1, NPNF II, 6:212