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Pope Francis has announced 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life, beginning November 2014. We have created this resource page to help you celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life and “Wake up the World!” “I want to say one word to you and this word is joy.

The Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations seeks to foster and encourage the arious forms of consecrated life in the Church today. In Vita Consecrata, the 1996 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Pope John Paul II wrote of the different forms of consecrated life as “the many branches which sinks its roots into the Gospel and brings forth abundant fruit in every season of the Church’s life.” These diverse forms include: Monastic Life, the Orders of Virgins, Hermits, and Institutes completely devoted to contemplation, Apostolic Religious Life, Secular Institutes, Societies of Apostolic Life, and new or renewed forms of the consecrated life (cf. Vita Consecrata, 6-12).  Each form is described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Transitioning to Religious Life

What’s it like to enter religious life from the secular world? Watch a postulant for the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary discuss the transition.

Year of Consecrated Life

Begins on November 30, 2014

In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world. The USCCB’s Year of Consecrated Life page includes videos, activity suggestions, prayers and other resources.

World Day for Consecrated Life

Celebrated in Parishes February 7-8, 2015

In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2. This feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

World Day for Consecrated Life Page

Vocation of Consecrated Virginity

The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins (USACV). . . represents women living in the world who have made the vow of consecrated virginity.

Other resources

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