List of religious orders in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York covers New York, Bronx, and Richmond Counties in New York City (coterminous with the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, respectively), as well as Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties in New York state. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is home to a large number of religious orders and congregations. While there are not as many today in 2007 as there were in 1957, they still make up a large population of the archdiocese.

In 1959, there were 7,913 nuns and holy sisters ministering in the Archdiocese, representing 103 different religious orders.

As of 2004, there were 913 priests of religious orders ministering in the archdiocese. As of 2008, 2,911 religious sisters and nuns and 368 religious brothers minister in the archdiocese. These religious come from over 120 different religious congregations and orders.

Male religious orders in the archdiocese[edit]

Order of Saint Augustine (OSA) ... The Augustinians staff St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in the Bronx

Secular Franciscan Order.

Female religious orders in the archdiocese[edit]

  • Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Formerly known as the Missionary Zelatrices of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the sisters serve at the following schools in the archdiocese: Our Lady of Pompeii (Greenwich Village), Santa Maria (Bronx), Sacred Heart Learning Center (Bronx) and St. Joseph (Manhattan). One sister also ministers at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe (2010).
  • Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm - Operate four nursing homes in the archdiocese: Ferncliff in Rhinebeck and Carmel Richmond on Staten Island, Mary Manning Walsh in Manhattan and St. Patrick in the Bronx (2009).
  • Congregation of Notre Dame - The Congregation of Notre Dame sisters sponsor the Notre Dame Academy in Staten Island. The sisters formerly ran Notre Dame College in Staten Island, before its merging with St. John University in 1975 (2009), they also fund and work at Villa Maria School, a K-8 school in the Bronx, NY and they fund and administer at St. Jean Baptiste High School in Manhattan, NY.
  • Daughters of Divine Charity - The sisters have a convent on Staten Island and minister at St. Joseph Hill Academy (2009).
  • Daughters of Saint Paul - The sisters have a convent on Staten Island and work in the field of evangelization with the media of social communication. They run a bookcenter in Manhattan and visit parishes and schools with Catholic resources.
  • Discalced Carmelite nuns - The New York Carmel was founded in Manhattan in the 1920s. It subsequently moved to the Bronx, and relocated again to Beacon in 1980.
  • Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt - The sisters founded Dominican College in Blauvelt, and staffed and ministering in numerous shelters, schools and hospitals (2009).
  • Dominican Sisters of Hope - The sisters, formed in 1995 from the merger of three Dominican congregations, sponsor Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh and Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining. The Sisters minister in healthcare in New York City, and in education, social service and pastoral ministries. (2009).
  • Dominican Sisters of Sparkill - The Sisters, founded in 1876, established St. Thomas Aquinas College, and operate Aquinas High School in the Bronx and Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia. The Sisters minister in over 35 parishes and schools. Today, the sisters number 337 and the motherhouse is located in Sparkill, New York (2007).
  • Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Springs - This is a new congregation founded in 2009 with members from the Dominican Sisters of Columbus. The Sisters staff St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Manhattan, and have a convent in Ossining.
  • Dominican Sisters of Perpetual Adoration - The nuns, the cloistered "Second Order" in the Dominican Order, have a monastery which opened in 1889, located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx (2009). It is the oldest active Dominican monastery in the United States.
  • Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima - The Sisters, whose primary apostolate is to nurse the indigent dying of cancer, run Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne. They were founded by Mother Mary Alphonsus, O.S.D., born Rose Hawthorne, the daughter of the noted author, Nathaniel Hawthorne (2009).
  • Franciscan Handmaids of Mary - The sisters run St. Benedict Day Nursery in Harlem, and minister in parochial schools. Their motherhouse is located in Harlem. (2010).
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary - have convents in the Bronx, Manhattan and Millbrook. The Sisters minister in Cardinal Hayes Home for Children (2009).
  • Franciscan Sisters of Allegheny - The Sisters, whose past ministries in the archdiocese included St. Clare and St. Elizabeth Hospitals in Manhattan, staff a number of parochial schools, and a homeless shelter for women in the Hells Kitchen section of Manhattan (2009).
  • The Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement are a missionary order of sisters who have established catechetical and daycare centers all over North America, serving rural communities throughout the western United States, Canada, and inner city locales, such as Harlem in New York City. Several accompanied the Japanese-American communities they served into the forced resettlement conducted during World War II. Today, the Sisters serve in the United States, Canada, Italy, Japan, and Brazil.
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Poor - The Sisters, who came to the archdiocese in 1865, ministered for a century at St. Francis Hospital and St. Anthony Sanatarium in the Bronx, before their closing in 1966. They also operated the Frances Schervier Nursing Home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, which they sold to a medical chain about A.D. 2000. They minister today at St. Anthony Community Hospital and the Schervier Pavilion, both in Warwick, New York (2009).
  • Little Sisters of the Assumption - The Sisters, who used to administer homes for the sick poor, operate the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, which they established in 1958, in Manhattan at 125th W. 130th St. The sisters also run their retreat center in Walden, New York (2009).
  • Little Sisters of the Poor - The Sisters operate the Jeanne Jugan Residence in The Bronx (2009).
  • Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic—First US-based congregation of women religious dedicated to world mission. Located in Ossining, NY. Currently number 448 Sisters and serve in 24 nations of the world. More info:
  • Missionary Oblates of the Blessed Trinity - The Sisters have their novitiate located in Hopewell Junction, New York and teach at Immaculate Conception School (Gun Hill Road) in the Bronx (2009).
  • Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart - The Sisters have convents located in West Park, Manhattan and Dobbs Ferry. They administer at Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (Manhattan), Cabrini Nursing Home (Dobbs Ferry), Cabrini Immigrant Services (Manhattan & Dobbs Ferry), Mother Cabrini High School (Manhattan), St. Frances Cabrini Shrine (Manhattan) and St. Cabrini Home (West Park). The congregation previously ran Columbus Hospital in Manhattan, which became known as Cabrini Medical Center, from 1896 to 2008, when it closed (2009).
  • Monastic Family of Bethlehem and the Assumption of the Virgin - This order of monastic Sisters was founded in Rome in 1950. The Order came to the United States, and the archdiocese, in 1987. They have a monastery located in Livingston Manor, New York (2009).
  • Oblates of Jesus the Priest - Dedicated to assisting priests and promoting the priesthood. Daily Eucharistic adoration, rosary, and Liturgy of the Hours.
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites - The cloistered nuns have one monastery located in the Archdiocese, which is located in Beacon. The monastery was formerly located in The Bronx until 1982. In 2000, the nuns merged with two of their daughter foundations, the Carmelite monasteries from Barre, Vermont, and Saranac Lake, New York (2009), the new community took the name of Carmel of the Incarnation.
  • Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate - The Sisters' motherhouse, Marycrest, is located in Monroe, New York. Their apostolate is to visit homes for direct person-to-person evangelization, and to check on children in broken homes. Some Sisters also minister in parish Religious Education programs (2009).
  • Redemptoristine Nuns - The cloistered Order of the Most Holy Redeemer was founded in Scala, Italy, in 1731. The nuns came to Esopus, New York, in 1957, and established the Mother of Perpetual Help Monastery on the grounds of Mount St. Alphonsus, the seminary for seminarians of the Redemptorist Fathers. After the unexpected sale of the property in 2012, the nuns searched for a new home. They found this with the Discalced Carmelites in Beacon, with whom they now share the monastery.
  • Religious of Jesus and Mary - The Sisters have served at St. John's Parish and School in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx for 100 years. The present convent is on Godwin Terrace opposite the original school building. They also conduct the Bethany Retreat and Spiritual Center in Highland Mills (2009).
  • Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - The Sisters run the Convent of the Sacred Heart school, located in Manhattan (2009).
  • Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary - The Sisters' Provincial headquarters is located in Tarrytown, New York. The Sisters founded and ran Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York for almost 100 years, until its merger in 2002 with Fordham University. The Sisters also ran Marymount Manhattan College, which became non-sectarian in the 1980s. The Sisters run the Marymount School in Manhattan (2009).
  • Sacramentine Sisters - Monastery and school was established in Yonkers in 1915 in the historic Ethan Flagg House; sold in 1991 when the Sisters moved to Warwick, New York
  • Sisters, Servants of Mary - These Sisters, founded in Spain and working internationally, minister to terminally-ill patients in their homes. Their convent is located at 3305 Country Club Road, Bronx, N.Y. (2009).
  • Sisters of Charity of New York - The Sisters of Charity can be considered to be one of the most, if not the most, influential religious congregation in the archdiocese. After establishing the first community of religious Sisters in the diocese in 1817, the Sisters began to staff dozens of parochial schools, the College of Mount St. Vincent, the now-closed Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, the New York Foundling Hospital and former St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in Manhattan and Staten Island. Today, the Sisters number 391 (2007).
  • Sisters of Divine Providence - Founded in France, these Sisters worked with the Fathers of Mercy to help newly arrived French immigrants. To this end, they established Leo House to provide secure housing for young working women.
  • Sisters of the Divine Compassion - The Sisters run and staff the Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy and Elementary School in White Plains. They previously operated Good Counsel College in White Plains, which merged with Pace College in the 1980s (2009).
  • Sisters of Life - Founded in 1991 by Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor, Archbishop of New York. They have four convents in the archdiocese: one in Manhattan, two in the Bronx and one in Yonkers. The Sisters staffed the Archdiocesan Family Life Office and run shelters for pregnant women (2009).
  • Sisters of Mercy - They run Our Lady of Victory Academy in Dobbs Ferry and St. Catharine Academy in The Bronx. They founded Mercy College, which became non-sectarian in the 1960s. The sisters also run Mercy Center in The Bronx, a counseling and spiritual center (2009).
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine - Founded in New York City in 1910, the Sisters are a diocesan congregation. They run a retreat center in Nyack, where the motherhouse is located. The congregation has 17 members (2015), down from a high of 72.[3] Due to their dwindling numbers, they sold 75% of their grounds to the Trust for Public Land, to preserve the grounds for future generations.[4]
  • Sisters of the Resurrection - The Sisters originally staffed the parish school of the Church of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer in Manhattan. Today they staff Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, and teach at St. Casimir School in Yonkers and St. Margaret of Cortona School in the Bronx. In 2010, the Sisters took a new mission at St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction, running the school and religious education office.
  • Sisters of St. Agnes - The sisters, whose motherhouse is located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, previously staffed a number of parochial schools, including Sacred Heart in Yonkers, Our Lady Queen of Angels in Harlem and Holy Family in the Bronx. The sisters work in the Leo House for German Catholics (2009).
  • Sisters of St. Dorothy - They run St. Dorothy Academy and staff St. Patrick School, both on Staten Island (2009).
  • Sisters of St. Francis of the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin - Their headquarters, Immaculate Conception Motherhouse, is located in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. They used to run St. Clare Academy in Hastings-on-Hudson, and the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin at Mount Loretto in Staten Island, which had been founded in 1881 by the Rev. John C. Drumgoole and was one of the largest child care facilities in the city (2009).
  • Sisters of St. John the Baptist - The Sisters' retirement convent is located in Purchase, in which the sisters run a daycare. They also run and staff St. John Villa Academy and Elementary School and St. Roch School in Staten Island. The provincial house is located in The Bronx, where the sisters run the Providence Rest Nursing Home and St. Dominic School. The sisters formerly ministered at Our Lady of Loretto (1921–1978) and St. James (1942–2002), both located in Manhattan (2009).
  • Sisters of St. Ursula - The Sisters established the now-closed Academy of St. Ursula in Kingston, and Notre Dame School in Manhattan. Three sisters minister at Notre Dame (2007).
  • Sisters of Reparation of the Congregation of Mary also known as the "Sisters of St. Zita" - Founded on West 14th Street in Manhattan, the Sisters were founded to work with young women in domestic service. They later established St. Zita's Villa, a nursing home, in Monsey in 1938 (2009).
  • Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate - Also known as the Pallotine Sisters, their motherhouse is located in Harriman and they run St. Patrick Villa, also in Harriman (2009) They formerly served at Immaculate Conception School (Gun Hill Road) in the Bronx until the 1970s.
  • Society of Helpers - Formerly known as the Society of Helpers of the Holy Souls, they minister in Manhattan (2009).
  • Society of the Holy Child Jesus - They run the School of the Holy Child in Rye, and the Cornelia Connelly Education Center in Manhattan (2009).
  • Ursulines - Founded and operate The Academy of Mount St. Ursula, in the Bronx which is the oldest, continually operating, all girls school in New York State. They also run The Ursuline School in New Rochelle.

Religious orders no longer operating in the archdiocese[edit]

  • Assumptionist Fathers - The Fathers were entrusted with the care of the Church of Our Lady of Esperanza, on the Upper West Side, and the Church of Our Lady of Guadelupe, on 14th Street, which was the first church established (1914) in the Archdiocese to serve the Spanish-speaking. The provincial house was also located in New York City. However, by 1998, the fathers had handed the churches back over to the archdiocese and the provincial house had moved to Massachusetts.
  • Benedictine Monks - Monks from Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota came in 1891 to serve the German community of the Bronx. For this, they established and administered two parishes. One, St. Anselm Parish, was located in the South Bronx. The other, St. Benedict Parish, was located in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx. (This was the home parish of Cardinal Terence Cooke. Ironically, it was in the 1970s, during his tenure as Archbishop, that they chose to withdraw from their service in New York).
  • Daughters of Mary, Health of the Sick - The sisters had their motherhouse, Vista Maria, located in Cragsmoor, New York. The order was founded in the 1930s and disbanded in 1976. Some members joined other religious orders, including the Sisters of Charity of New York.
  • Dominican Sisters of the Holy Cross - The Sisters, whose motherhouse is located in Amityville, New York, ran the St. Joseph Sanitarium in Sullivan County, which was the summer retreat of Cardinal Patrick Hayes, and staffed parochial schools in Manhattan.
  • Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary - The sisters ran Mount St. Mary Academy and College located in Newburgh. They merged in 1995 to form the Dominican Sisters of Hope.
  • Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary - The sisters, whose motherhouse is located in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, came to the archdiocese to staff parochial schools. Among the schools they formerly staffed are Corpus Christi in Manhattan.
  • Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor - The sisters, whose primary apostolate was to nurse the sick poor in their homes, merged with two other congregations to form the Dominican Sisters of Hope in 1995.
  • Marianites of Holy Cross - The Sisters ministered in healthcare and education, sponsoring St. Vincent de Paul Academy in Tarrytown, St. Louis Academy in Staten Island and the French Hospital in Manhattan.
  • Missionary Canonesses of St. Augustine - These Belgian Sisters had convents at 437 West 47th Street and on Washington Square North in Manhattan (1927). In 1948, the sisters took over operation of the Queen's Daughters' Day Nursery in Yonkers, New York. In the 1960s, the congregation changed its nature to a more active one and was renamed the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart - The Sisters ran St. Pascal Day Nursery in Manhattan, and the Mount Mongola summer camp in Ellenville. They also had convents located on Staten Island.
  • Sisters of Bon Secours - A group of nursing Sisters, their convent was located at 1195 Lexington Avenue from 1885 until 1947, when they returned to their motherhouse in France. Today, however, a major medical chain established by the Sisters of this same congregation out of the Boston area run several previously-Catholic hospitals.
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Charity - Their primary apostolate was to work with women in need. They ran St. Andrew's Retreat House in Walden until 2006.
  • Sisters of the Cenacle - The sisters, whose main focus was to run retreats for women to recollection and prayer, established a convent on Riverside Drive in 1893 and moved to Mount Kisco in 1956. The order sold their land after Vatican II and left the Archdiocese.
  • Sisters of the Visitation - The Visitation Sisters had a monastery in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Due to declining vocations, the monastery closed and most sisters moved to the Visitation Monastery in Brooklyn.
  • Sulpician Fathers - The Fathers staffed St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers from 1896 to 1906.
  • Xaverian Brothers - The Brothers came to the archdiocese in 1940 and helped staffed Cardinal Hayes High School, Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Manhattan, Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and Mount Loretto on Staten Island.

Seminaries and novitiates run by religious orders[edit]



Locations of former convents/brothers' residences[edit]

Years in parenthesis are the last known date active for the organization:


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  3. ^ Margaret M. McGuinness, Neighbors and Missionaries: A History of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (Fordham University Press, 2012)
  4. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. (January 15, 2016). "New York to Gain 30 Acres of Parkland From Catholic Nuns". The New York Times. 
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