The Year of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis has set aside November 30, 2014 through February 2, 2016 as the Year of Consecrated Life. Our Archbishop has set the objectives for this celebration in our Archdiocese: to increase the visibility of religious life/consecrated life, to express appreciation, to highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice, and to educate on the importance of on religious life/consecrated life to the Church. As one means of learning more about religious life/consecrated life, our website will periodically have an educational component in the form of a question and answer. It is our hope that you will not only read the entries but discuss them your family, friends, co-workers. And perhaps share stories about the influence of consecrated women and men in your life.
What is the meaning of the vows women and men religious make?
The vow of poverty is an invitation to simplicity. Unencumbered by worldly possessions and concerns about attaining those possessions, women and men religious can focus completely upon, and devote their entire lives, to God and serving others. In living the vow of chastity, religious remain celibate, dedicating themselves entirely to Jesus. The outward expression of that love for God, to whom a religious sister, brother or priest has dedicated her/his life, is the joyous and generous love she/he gives to all without exception. Through the vow of obedience, a Religious humbly opens herself or himself to the will of God and remains receptive to how and where God calls her/him. In making this vow, a Religious surrenders her/his own will in order to do that which is God’s will. Blessed with unique gifts and talents, each Religious remains opens to how her/his talents and skills can best serve those in need, the Church, as well as the community to which one belongs.
More information on Consecrated Life will be posted periodically, so check back often!