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Consecrated Life

February 2, 2015 - Homily of Pope Francis. Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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ROME - Pope Francis delivered the homily on Monday afternoon at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, being celebrated to mark the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day for Consecrated Life, in the context of the Year dedicated to the same. Below, please find Vatican Radio's English translation of the Holy Father's prepared remarks...

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CBCP President lauds contributions of religious congregations

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socratespreviewCONSECRATED LIFE - Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen- Dagupan acknowledged the contributions of religious congregations to Philippine life, describing their legacy as “staggering.” This year being celebrated as the Year of Consecrated Life by the Universal Church, Archbishop Villegas...

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February 8, Letter by CIVCSVA against Human Slavery

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LETTER – Dear Presidents and dear Pastors, As you well know, on February 8, we will be celebrating the first International Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Slavery. The day was purposely chosen because it is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, who, once she was freed, became a Canossian nun...

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22/25 January - Ecumenical Colloquium of Religious Men and Women

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ROME - In the Year of the Consecrated life, from 22 to January 25, 2015, will be held at the Institute “Augustinianum” in Rome, the Ecumenical Colloquium of Religious men and women organized by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated life and Societies of apostolic life.The initiative will be articulated in three days...

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India - Wake up Kits for the Year of Consecrated Life

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vocationspreviewYEAR CONSECRATED LIFE - Following the invitation of Pope Francis, Bangalore based Salesian Father (Dr.) Gilbert Choondal, has come up with a timely tool, Wake up Kits for Indian Religious. “Pope Francis has invited the Religious to wake up the World. I believe the Religious need to be awake before waking up the world. Awakened Religious have already awakened...

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Official notification on the Seminar for Formators

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YEAR CONSACRETED LIFE - Dear Superiors GeneraI, May the Lord grant you peace! As already announced, one of the activities that this Dicaster is organizing to mark the Year of Consecrated Life is a Seminar for Formators of Institutes of Consecrated Life. This letter serves as an official notification of this event, which, as we well know...

 

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Open letter to all the Catholic religious and missionaries in South Sudan

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LETTER - I Am Counting On You To Wake Up The World! Open letter to all the Catholic religious and missionaries in South Sudan Celebrating the Year 2015 dedicated to Consecrated Life. "Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Peace! In his message sent for the opening of the Year 2015 dedicated to Consecrated Life...

 

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India - Year of the consecrated life: Sisters in brothels to save the enslaved prostitutes

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sisters calcuttapreviewCONSECRATED LIFE - For the Indian religious women the Year of consecrated Life means a strong return to the contemplative dimension but also a renewed commitment to action: with this awareness, a group of four sisters of Calcutta, of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate go to the brothels of the city where many girls are forced into prostitution...

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Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the USA

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CONSECRATED LIFE - Introduction - At the conclusion of the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America, conducted " to look into the quality of the life of religious women in the United States" , this Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL)...

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India - Facebook Group Page launched to share the joy of consecrated life

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india facebookpreviewCONSECRATED LIFE - “I want to say one word to you and this word is joy. Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy!” Said Pope Francis in his message to the Church for the inauguration of the Year of Consecrated life. Taking a cue from the words of the Holy Father and to celebrate the year of Consecrated life, Fr. TC George from Renewal Centre, Bangalore...

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CCCB Press Release and Special Website Section

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CONSECRATED LIFE - The CCCB published a press release for the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life. It mentions that "the launch of the Year of Consecrated Life will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Perfectae Caritatis, the Second Vatican Council Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, promulgated on October 28, 1965."

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Interview with Sr. Rita Larivée, SSA President of the CRC

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sister lariveeCONSECRATED LIFE - Sister Rita Larivée, SSA, President of the Canadian Religious Conference, speaks of the importance of celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life and presents the activities planned by the CRC.

 

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Zambia - Bishop Patrick Chisanga: Year of Consecrated Life is a call for introspection

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chisangapreviewCONSECRATED LIFE - The declaration by Pope Francis that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world starting today, the first Sunday of advent, has been described as “timely and important” by Zambia’s Bishop Patrick Chisanga. Bishop Chisanga is the Bishop of Mansa Diocese.  Before becoming a Bishop, early this year, he was a formator in his congregation...

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Netherlands: Chain of Prayers in Monasteries for the Year of Consecrated Life

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abbaziaCONSECRATED LIFE - Bernard Peeters, Abbot of the Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of Koningshoeven, sent a letter to all the monastic communities of the Netherlands to ask them to join in “a chain of prayer” troughout the Year of Consecrated Life. The initiative will have three goals, the Abbot writes: “Thanking for the past; embracing the future with hope...

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Indonesia's Year of the Consecrated Life celebrates the "beauty and dignity of vocations"

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CONSECRATED LIFE - In a pastoral letter, the country's Catholic bishops highlight the example of priests, religious or nuns. A children's book with information about all the religious orders and congregations is planned. The country has at least 6,800 seminarians...

 

 

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Online Resources Available for World Day of Cloistered Life

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CLOISTERED LIFE - Catholics throughout the world are encouraged to honor the cloistered and monastic life on Pro Orantibus Day, which is Friday, November 21, 2014, the Memorial of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple. “The primary purpose of Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”) is to support - both spiritually and materially -  ...

 

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Slovakia: 446 religious communities prepare for year of consecrated life

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sitopreviewCONSECRATED LIFE - The Conference of major religious superiors in Slovakia has launched a new website www.zasvatenyzivot.sk dedicated to various aspects of consecrated life. It has four aims - to form and educate in topics like theology, spirituality, formation and psychology; to share the bank of data containing lectures, catechesis...

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Indian Franciscans Plan for the year of Consecrated life: 2015

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FranciscanspreviewCONSECRATED LIFE - The Religious Congregations that follow the life and rule of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi are totally 52 with 165 Provinces with membership of around 50000 Religious priests, brothers and sisters. They are both cloistered and apostolic; serving through institutions as well as through their humble dwellings amidst the marginalised...

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India - The Franciscans prepare the Year for consecrated life

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Nithiya SagayamCONSECRATED LIFE - A Mission "in the Franciscan style" that passes through India; a special campaign to eradicate violence against women; a series of pastoral initiatives and of evangelization in different Indian states: are the activities that the Franciscans of India, about 50 thousand between friars and nuns, present in 165 civil provinces, promote on the occasion of the Year...

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“Rejoice Festival” Held to Augur the Year of the Consecrated Life

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RejoiceCONSECRATED LIFE - Maris Stella College auditorium was packed with religious on Sunday as they gathered for the celebration of the “Rejoice Festival” organized in preparation of the upcoming Year of the Consecrated life on October 12, Sunday at Vijayawada. Hundred and sixty four religious men and women belonging to over seventy congregations participated...

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