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Year of Consecrated Life: November 30, 2014 — February 2, 2016

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In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world. This Year of Consecrated Life will begin on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. It will close on the Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.

Please pray for those Priests, Brothers and Sisters who have committed themselves to the vowed life that they be inspired by Jesus Chrisy to respond generouisly to God’s gift of their religious vocation.

“Our brothers and sisters in Christ living consecrated lives make great contributions to our society through a vast number of ministries,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of USCCB. “They teach in our schools, take care of the poor and the sick and bring compassion and the love of Christ to those shunned by society; others lead lives of prayer in contemplation for the world.”

The year also marks the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, a decree on religious life, and Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the Church. Its purpose, as stated by the Vatican is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.”