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.
Why are there so many different congregations of women and men?
Each religious order has been founded at a specific time and place by a founder or foundress. These founders and foundresses saw a need, e.g., the education of women, children, the poor; the care of the sick; the dying in the streets of India; the care of children without parents; the great need of people to hear the Word of God. Besides a particular work of mercy that drew the founder or foundress into action, each community has a particular charism. A charism has been described as “a window” on the Gospel, e.g., charity, the goodness of God, hospitality, mercy, poverty, preaching. Charism has also been described as the “deep story,” the inheritance that members of a religious community receive from the founder or foundress.
More information on Consecrated Life will be posted periodically, so check back often!