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 a Secular Institute?
Members of secular institutes are
consecrated lay women and men who profess the evangelical counsels of celibate
chastity, poverty and obedience according to the specific spirituality and
charism of their institute and
according to the demands of their lay vocation in the world. Many institutes gather regularly for mutual
sisterly or brotherly support. There are more than
thirty different institutes in the United States. Members are active in every field of human
endeavor: education, housekeeping, medicine,
office workers, public policy, nursing assistants, accounting, and the
law. Most live in their own residence
and provide for their own livelihood, retirement, and health needs. www.secularinstitutes.org
More information on Consecrated Life will be posted periodically, so check back often!