The Year of Consecrated Life
Runs from the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of November 29, 2014, through Tuesday, February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life.
About the Year of Consecrated Life:
- YCL Congress for Religious Formators, 7-11 April 2015. Final Message.
- Pope Francis. Apostolic Letter to All Consecrated People (21 Nov. 2014)
- Calendar for the Year of Consecrated Life (PDF, Rome)."The Workshop for Youth and Young Consecrated Persons will take place from the 16th to the 18th of September 2015. The date change was necessary to allow for participation in the audience of the Holy Father on September 17, 2015."
- Ecumenical Prayer Service Resources for use during the Year of Consecrated Life (PDF, John W. Crossin, OSFS, USCCB).
- Vatican Communiqué on the Meeting of the Union of Superiors General (USG), where Pope Francis announced the Year of Consecrated Life
- Conversation with Pope Francis about Religious Life - <Wake Up The World> article about the USG meeting by Antonio Spadaro, SJ
- Presentation of the Year for Consecrated Life as reported by the Vatican Information Service
- CMSM president, James J. Greenfield OSFS, participated in the October 1, 2014, press conference announcing the Year of Consecrated Life activities in the United States. A video recording of the press conference is available at the USCCB website.
- Indulgences for the Year of Consecrated Life (28 Nov. 2014)
"Special Days of Prayer, Service, Community To Mark Year of Consecrated Life in United States" by Mary Ann Walsh, America (1 Oct. 2014).
"Year of Consecrated Life events to help laity learn more about religious" by Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service.
CMSM leaders encourage members to begin planning events in your communities. Some resources for the Year of Consecrated Life follow below. More information and ideas will be shared in upcoming months.
"Wake up to God," a common website for several communities in Wisconsin.
A Common Logo, designed by the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC):
A Special CMSM Website for information on the Year of Consecrated Life:
Observances Common to the Church in the USA
"Days with Religious" negotiated and established in cooperation with the USCCB:
- February 8, 2015: Religious Open House. Events will include tours, open houses, receptions, family activities, and presentations on the history of religious communities at convents, abbeys, monasteries, and religious houses.
- Summer 2015: Day of Mission and Service with Religious. Events will include joining religious in their ministries or special service projects, such as assisting the elderly, ministering to the poor and homeless, and caring for the less fortunate.
- September 13, 2015: Day of Prayer with Religious. Events will include vespers, rosary, or holy hours in convents, monasteries, religious houses, parishes, and churches.
Suggestions for the observance of each of these days:
- Prayer intentions, prayer cards, a video on consecrated life and other resources are available on the USCCB web site.
- Ecumenical Prayer Service Resources for use during the Year of Consecrated Life (PDF, John W. Crossin OSFS, USCCB).
Observances to be held in Rome
- Opening – Saturday, November 29, 2014, with a Prayer Vigil at the Vatican.
Sunday, November 30, 2014, Opening Eucharistic Liturgy.
- An Ecumenical Colloquium of consecrated men and women, January 22 – 25, 2015.
- A Workshop for Formators and Vocation Directors, April 8 – 11, 2015.
- A Workshop for Youth and Young Consecrated Persons, September 23 – 26, 2015.
- An international symposium on “Following the Gospel, A Permanent Form of Life in the Church” will be held in Rome from January 27 through January 31, 2016.
- Closing – Saturday, February 1, 2016, with a Prayer Vigil at the Vatican.
Sunday, February 2, 2016, Eucharistic Liturgy of the World Day of Consecrated Life.
CICLSAL suggests that we promote similar observances in the USA.
NRVC sponsored events and materials:
These will include the following: a packet of materials to be sent to each pastor in the US (through a grant from the Hilton Foundation); a video with an introduction from Archbishop Kurtz and with brief comments from laity about how religious have influenced their lives for the good. More information on the NRVC web site.
The Hymn for the Year of Consecrated Life:
Learn it; use it. Full score, melody and multilingual versions are available. These are also found on the NRVC website.