Religious Congregation & Order Abbreviations

These are the most common abbreviations for religious congregations and orders active in Ireland.


Arranged alphabetically by abbreviation

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Religious Congregation (Male)

CFR Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
CM Vincentians (Congregation of the Mission)
CP Passionists (Congregation of the Passion)
CSSp Holy Spirit Congregation
CSSR Redemptorists (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer)
FDP Sons of Divine Providence
IC Rosminians (Institute of Charity)
LC Legionaries of Christ
MCCJ Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers)
MHM Mill Hill Missionaries
MSC Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
OCARM Carmelites (Irish Province)
OCD Carmelites (Anglo-Irish Province)
OCSO Cistercian Order
OFM Franciscan Order
OFM Cap Capuchins
OFMConv Conventual Franciscans
OMI Oblates of Mary Immaculate
OP Dominican Order (Order of Preachers)
OPraem Norbertine Canons
OSA Augustinians
OSB Benedictines
OSCam Camillians, Order of St. Camillus
OSM Servites (Order of Friar Servants of Mary)
SAC Pallottines (Society of the Catholic Apostolate)
SCJ Sacred Heart Fathers (Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
SDB Salesians
SDS Salvatorians
SJ Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
SM Marianists (Society of Mary) (HQ in St. Louis)
SM Marist Fathers (Society of Mary) (Coolock etc)
SMA Society of African Missions (Societas Missionum Ad Afros)
SPS St. Patrick’s Missionary Society
SSC St. Columban’s Missionary Society
SSCC Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Sacred Hearts Community)
SSP Society of St. Paul
SSS Blessed Sacrament Congregation
SVD Divine Word Missionaries
White Fathers Missionaries of Africa




Communities of Religious Brothers

CFA Alexian Brothers
CFC Christian Brothers
FC Brothers of Charity
FMS Marist Brothers
FPM Presentation Brothers
FSC De La Salle Brothers
FSP Patrician Brothers (Brothers of St. Patrick)
OH Saint John of God Brothers (Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God)
OSF Franciscan Brothers



Religious Congregation (Female)

IBVM Loreto (Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
OSB Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre
OSB Benedictine Nuns
Paris Bon Secours Sisters
SSCC Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (PICPUS) (Ranelagh)
SSpS Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit