From November 2014 to October 2015 will be the Year of Consecrated Life. Like the Year of Faith which proceeded it, the special time coincides with an important anniversary in the Church.
The Year of Consecrated life will run from November 21st, the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lumen Gentium which has a whole chapter on the involvement of religious persons in the Church’s wider mission to and for the world, until the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, Pope Paul VI’s decree on the renewal of religious life, on October 28th 2015.
The year will involve conferences, gatherings of religious from across the world with the Pope and much more.
Below is an extract from the first document published in relation to the new year: Rejoice – Letter to Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life from the Magisterium of Pope Francis. It sets out the aims of the year and you can read an extract too.
When he announced the year, Cardinal João Braz De Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life said:
“We believe that the [Second Vatican] Council has been a breath of the Spirit not only for the whole Church but, perhaps especially, for the consecrated life. We are also convinced that in these 50 years consecrated life has undertaken a fruitful journey of renewal — not free, certainly, of difficulties and hardships — in the commitment to follow what the Council asked of the consecrated: fidelity to the Lord, to the Church, to their own charism and to the people of today.”
The CTS will be presenting other ways to help Catholics, whether they are specially consecrated or not, to make the most of this grace-filled time, in due course.
Rejoice – Letter for the Year of Consecrated Life is available from CTS, priced £4.95.
Of related interest:
|Great Orders of the Catholic Church – This booklet examines the Benedictines, the Augustinian family, the Cistercians, the Carthusians, the Dominicans, the Franciscan family and the Carmelites, looking at the origins of each, their distinctive charisms, and the great saints they have inspired.|