The route into vocations for many people is a personal journey through a religious community, the Church or other associations. COR acts to facilitate and resource this process.

Collaboration with the National Office for Vocation (NOV)

COR works closely with NOV, particularly by funding a religious sister to work as part of the NOV team as a religious life promoter. Sr. Elaine Penrice FSP is a point of contact for those wanting information about religious life and discernment opportunities. She can be contacted by email enquiries@ukvocation.org and by telephone 020 7901 4829.

Resources for those wanting to know more about religious life

This new website gives information about religious life today. The vows, the wide diversity of religious congregations and how to discern if you are called to religious life are some of the important areas explored. You will also find links to religious communities in England and Wales, information about discernment retreats and educational resources.


Compass aims to help Roman Catholic men and women between the ages of 20 and 35 to discern their vocation, with a particular focus on vocation to religious life.

Compass groups meet for weekends over the course of an academic year, during the course of which participants have the opportunity of praying, sharing and discussing on topics such as discernment, vocation, prayer, ministry and the religious vows. There are currently two Compass groups in England, one meets at Worth Abbey in Sussex, and the other is mainly based in Katherine House FCJ in Salford with one weekend at Our Lady of Hyning Monastery, Carnforth. 

Both groups are run by a male and a female religious from religious congregations which are members of the Conference of Religious, and the board of Catholic Vocations Projects (an independent charity) includes male and female religious from both apostolic and monastic congregations.

For more information visit www.compass-points.org.uk or email compass@ukvocation.org

Other discernment groups and events

For information about other discernment groups not specifically focused on religious life but which have proved very helpful to people discerning a vocation to religious life visit www.ukvocation.org/discernment-groups 

Many religious congregations offer opportunities for those discerning their vocation, either to learn about their specific congregation or monastery or to discern more generally. For information about the wide range of opportunities currently available visit the National Office for Vocation's page on discernment groups.

COR also links with other groups e.g. Buckden Towers, Hawkstone Hall, St Anselm's and St Luke's. Refer to the Formation page for more information.