Posts Tagged ‘consecrated life’

Pope Asks Holy Land Priests to Consider Their Response to Christ’s Suffering

On the last day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited bishops, priests and religious of the region to ask themselves, “Who am I, before the sufferings of my Lord?” The Pope met Monday with religious and priests at the Gethsemane c…

Pope’s Address in Gethsemane to Priests, Religious and Seminarians

Here is the address Pope Francis gave this afternoon to priests, religious and seminarians in the Church of All Nations in Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives.  * * * “He came out and went… to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him” (Lk 22:39).         At the hour which God had appointed to…

Giving Thanks for Consecrated Life

Here is the homily by Father Francis Bradley at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Consecrated Life, celebrated Sunday in Saint Joseph’s Church, Galliagh. Father Bradley is the Diocesan Administrator. He was joined by retired Bishop Séamus Hegarty of Derry, 30 priests and 40 religious from around the Diocese …

Thai religious renew vows on Day for Consecrated Life

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Feb 4, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vowed religious in Thailand gathered to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life this weekend, fostering and encouraging religious life in the southeast Asian country.

Community and obedience make for a fruitful religious life, Bishop Joseph Sirisut of Nakhon Ratchasima preached in his homily at the Feb. 1 Mass, held at the city’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

More than 500 religious gathered at the city, 160 miles northeast of Bangkok, to renew their vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience with lighted candles at the Mass.

Bishop Sirisut encouraged the religious to follow the example of birds which fly in V-formations. He reflected that the V-formation helps the birds to conserve energy,  and maintain communication, factors also important in living in community.

He urged them to be “keen, vigilant observers,” modeling themselves in humility on the Virgin Mary. He also warned against the temptation to pride, encouraging them to discern and to draw strength from the Gospel.

The day’s celebrations were also coupled with an anticipation of the cathedral’s feast day, which is observed Feb. 11.

The World Day for Consecrated Life is held each year on the Feast of the Purification of Mary, and was instituted in 1997 by Bl. John Paul II, acknowledging the centrality of consecrated life in the Church’s mission.

His 1996 apostolic exhortation “Vita Consecrata” compared the varied forms of religious life to the “many branches, which sinks its roots into the Gospel and brings forth abundant fruit in every season of the Church’s life.”

At his Angelus address Feb. 2, Pope Francis said, “every consecrated person is a gift for the People of God on a journey.”

“There is much need of their presence, that strengthens and renews the commitment to spread the gospel, to Christian education, to charity for the most needy, to contemplative prayer; the commitment to a human and spiritual formation of young people, of families; the commitment to justice and peace in the human family.”

He added that “consecrated persons are signs of God in diverse environments of life, they are leaven for the growth of a more just and fraternal society, prophecy of sharing with the little and the poor. As such understanding and experience, the consecrated life appears to us just as it really is: a gift of God.”

“What would happen if there were no sisters? Sisters in the hospitals, sisters in the missions, sisters in the schools… one can’t imagine it! They are the leaven that carry the people of God forward. The Church and the world have need of this testimony of the love and mercy of God.”

Pope Francis Leads Faithful in Prayer For Consecrated Life

During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of those in consecrated life, saying that a Church without sisters is unimaginable. The Day of Consecrated Life coincided with the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the …

World Day for Consecrated Life, Feb 2, 2014

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Sunday, February 2, 2014 and in parishes on the weekend of February 1-2, 2014. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them …

Vatican Unveils Year for Consecrated Life Plans

The Church will celebrate a Year for Consecrated Life in 2015 to mark two key anniversaries, provide help to religious at a time of crisis in the Church, and to “evangelize” the vocation.   The three objectives were outlined this morning in the Press Office of the Holy See by Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect o…

Pope Dedicates 2015 "Year of Consecrated Life"

Emphasizing the importance of the religious vocation, Pope Francis announced today that the year 2015 will be dedicated to Consecrated Life. The Holy Father made the announcement during the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals, wh…

Holy See Statement Regarding Collaboration on Renewed Theological Vision of Religious Life

Here is the translation of a statement made by the Holy See Press Office regarding the collaboration between the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life…

Holy See Responds to Statements Regarding Doctrinal Assessment on Women Religious

The Holy See responded to recent media commentary on statements attributed to Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, regarding the handling of the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). According to an article that appeared…

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