Church opens the Year of Consecrated Life

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Tuesday 25, November 2014 | Category:   Consecrated Life
Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and 
Societies of Apostolic Life, will preside over the opening mass for the Year of Consecrated Life.
This year, the first Sunday of Advent, which marks the beginning of the liturgical year, is the start of the Year of Consecrated Life, which begins Nov. 30, 2014 and ends Feb. 2, 2016 on the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.

Because Pope Francis will be on his apostolic trip to Turkey from Nov. 28-30, News.VA reports that the mass to open the Year of Consecrated Life will be celebrated by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Cardinal Braz de Aviz said in a January 2014 interview from VIS, "This year dedicated to consecrated life has been prepared in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and, more specifically, on the 50th anniversary of the publication of the conciliar decree on the renewal of consecrated life 'Perfectae caritatis.' … Because we recognize these 50 years that separate us from the Council as a moment of grace for consecrated life, as marked by the presence of the Spirit that leads us to live even our weaknesses and infidelities as an experience of God's mercy and love, we want this year to be an occasion for 'gratefully remembering' this recent past. This is the first objective of the Year for Consecrated Life.”

Important dates to remember for this worldwide event include:

Nov. 30, 2014: The Year of Consecrated Life begins (First Sunday of Advent).

Feb. 8, 2015: Religious Open House. Events will be coordinated to also celebrate the World Meeting of Families to take place in Philadelphia and 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 apostolates or special service projects, such as assisting the elderly, ministering to the poor and homeless, and caring for the less fortunate.

Sept. 13, 2015: Day of Prayer with Religious. Events will include vespers, rosary, or holy hours in convents, monasteries, religious houses, parishes, and churches.

Feb. 2, 2016: The Year of Consecrated Life closes on the World Day of Consecrated Life.

View resources on the Year of Consecrated Life from the USCCB and VISION.

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