Who We Are



The Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem (CRNJ) is a clerical institute of consecrated life in the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston whose members (known as canons) pursue the proper apostolic ends of their religious society. By pronouncing the ancient vows of Stability, Conversion of Life and Obedience, and living a common life according to the specific form of the institute, each member consciously strives towards the perfection of charity.

The Divine Liturgy, in its traditional Latin, in the august Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Divine Office, and other rites and ceremonies of the Church, constitutes the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her powers flow.

For this reason, the worthy celebration of the Church’s worship of the Most Holy Trinity is at the heart of the spirituality and work of the CRNJ. The effectiveness of personal sanctification and apostolic works will stem from each member’s faithful participation in the offering of the Church’s liturgy particularly in their own daily celebration of the Sacrifice of Redemption.




The CRNJ further places itself under the protection of the Glorious and Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of her Annunciation. The institute as a whole and each of its members profess fidelity to the Roman Pontiff, the successor of Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, Vicar of Christ, head of the whole Church, the Father and Doctor of all Christians.