Pope Francis has announced the Year of Consecrated Life to begin November 21, 2014, noting that the year will take place in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and conclude on November 21, 2015.
In making the announcement for the Year of Consecrated Life, it was explained the first objective of the Year of Consecrated Life would be to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past”, the second objective “to embrace the future with hope” and the third, “living the present with passion” This passion, speaks of “being in love, of true friendship, of profound communion.”
The Year of Consecrated Life will have an evangelical focus, helping people to realize “the beauty of following Christ” in the various types of religious vocations.
Here in the Diocese of Cleveland we will be celebrating along with the universal church with a variety of activities including an opening liturgy celebrated with Bishop Richard Lennon at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland on November 21, 2014 and recognition of the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life in parishes the weekend of November 22nd/23rd with prayer cards, intercessory prayers, homily connections and bulletin inserts.
Throughout the year there will be opportunities for prayer and participation with religious communities.
Under construction is an updated website to be used as the cornerstone of information and an opportunity for deeper communication with people who have an interest in religious life.
A video production will introduce the heart of consecrated life in the Diocese of Cleveland to facilitate encounters and build relationships with men and women religious.
Religious orders will be reaching out to invite parishes into the conversation; to educate and update the faithful about the way of life in present times as consecrated religious by doing presentations at Masses throughout the diocese in April and May 2015.
Pilgrimages to congregational homes and ministry centers for religious are being planned for June—September 2015 to assist the faithful on their spiritual journeys and to provide an opportunity to connect with religious communities.
Let us join together in prayer and celebration as together we prepare for the Year of Consecrated Life.