= Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Italy CMSWR, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. = Society of Ladies of Mary Immaculate, India O.S.B. S.J.A. = Société des Mission-Étrangères R.V.M. S.C.N. = Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Your submission has been received! = Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) = Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, India O.P. S.C.H. = Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph C.F.A. M.SS.CC. = Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (Religieuses de Notre Dame Missions) If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible. C.S.T. = Sisters of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorian Sisters), India = La Société des Mission Étrangères de Paris O.D.C. I.M.E.Y. H.H.C.J. O.F.M.I. C.R.P. = Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary = Sisters of St. Ann S.P. Leadership Conference of Women Religious. In the 1969 edition the heading has become "Religious and Secular Institutes of Pontifical Right for Men", a form it kept until 1975 inclusive. M.Sp.S. = Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary C.F.I.C. C.S.S. Here is a short slideshow with some of the most common abbreviations for Catholic religious and clergy members and what they mean. S.F.O. = Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, India Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity A.A.S.C. D.M.I. S.M.M.C. = Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities = Oblate Apostles of the Two Hearts S.S.S. = Clerics Regular of Somasca (Somascan Fathers) = Congregation of St. Joseph of Chambery, India P.S. = Daughters of the Holy Spirit = Daughters of St. Joseph Original Catholic religious orders of the Middle Ages include the Order of Saint Benedict, the Carmelites, the Order of Friars Minor, the Dominican Order, the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and the Order of Saint Augustine. M.S.L. = Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Monastic Order; Arrouhbaniat Albassiliat Almoukhalissiat (Melkite Greek) B.S. = Congregation of the Holy Family, Italy O.S.U. Cap = Poor Clare Capuchin Nuns of Perpetual Adoration S.C. = Sisters of Charity C.J.C. PPFFstG = Piccole Figlie di St. Giuseppe Supplioni. = Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary = Franciscan Handmaids of the Good Shepherd, India = Hermanas de la Caridad de Santa Ana (Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne) = Societas Contemplativa Sanctae Therasiae (Contemplative Society of St. Teresa, Carmelite Tradition), US M.N.M. C.S.C. = Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word = Congregatio Pretiosissimi Sanguinis (Fathers of the Most Precious Blood) = Daughters of Divine Providence = Filles de la Sagesse, Daughters of Wisdom O.S.B.cam. O.L.M. It may be well to state at once that since 29 December, 1878, by order of Leo XIII, the great papal documents (Litterae Apostolicae) are no longer written in the old Gothic hand known as bollatico; all abbreviations, with the exception of a few obvious ones, like S.R.E., were abolished by the same authority (Acta S. Sedis, XI, 465-467). C.R.S.P. = Sisters of the Guardian Angel Under this general heading may be included all abbreviated forms of addresses in ordinary intercourse, whether of individuals or of members of religious orders, congregations, institutes, to which may be added the forms of addresses usual for members of Catholic lay societies and the Papal orders of merit. V.S.C. H.G.N. S.D.S. S.M.S.M. = Sisters of Jesus = Congregation of the Sisters of Charity, India S.E.M.V. = Franciscan Missionaries Sisters of Littlehampton = Missioni Africane di Verona (Verona Fathers) D.M.J. = Congregation of the Companions of St. Angela R.N.D.M. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled, : The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. = Sisters of the Imitation of Christ, India = Daughters of St. Ann = Order of Lebanese Maronite (Baladites) They were once very numerous, and lists of them may be seen in the works quoted below (e.g. = Helpers of Mount Rosary, India = Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Dimesse Sisters), India = Congregation of the Rosarians, India = Daughters of St. Mary of Providence (Guanellian Sisters) S.S.C.C. P.H.J.C. = Order of the Holy Trinity, Trinitarians D.N. U.F.S. = Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus = Medical Sisters of St. Francis of Assissi, India S.A.S. S.S.C.M.E. D.M.S.E. S.H.S. S.J.S. O.H.F. = St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart (Josephites) = Ordo Clericorum Regularium Vulgo Theatinorum, Theatine Order = Daughters of Mary and Joseph (Formerly knows as Ladies of Mary) = Society of Mary (Marist Fathers) S.F.I. S.A.T. = Holy Spirit Fathers (Apostolic Life Community of Priests), India Order of Discalced Carmelites: O.C.D.S. H.S.H.J. = Ursuline Franciscan Sisters You may combine abbreviation and category. = Institute of Foreign Missions, India = Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco, India = Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus = Secular Order of Jesus, Mary and Joseph F.C.J. = Doctor of Sacred Scripture = Daughters of St. Paul Over 800 ABBREVIATIONS. = Sisters of Mission Service = Sisters of Jesus Crucified Sorrowfull Mother, USA. "PC computing" = Daughters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary M.S.F. H.F.S. = Ursuline Sisters of Bruno This list of Catholic religious orders and religious communities includes traditional and Catholic monastic orders, but also secular institutes and societies of apostolic life.