Year of Consecrated Life

Consecrated Life 2015 


Did you know that this year has been dedicated by our holy father Pope Francis to the Consecrated Life? So I thought that over the next few weeks we could look at this. Here are some subjects of interest.
·      What does it means to have a year dedicated to a certain subject?
·     What is Consecrated Life?
·      Who are the Consecrated?
·      Monks
·      Brothers/friars
·      Sisters/Nuns
·      Priests
·      Monasteries and convents. What’s the difference?
·      Different Religious Orders in the Catholic Church and their saints.
·      What is a Charism?
Hopefully when we are finished we will all understand a little more about this year, and the people Pope Francis wishes us to pray for.

What is a Year?
Well, in the world the year starts on the 1st January, the clocks tick over and we go from being 2014 to 2015. You might have celebrated the New Year with a party or a Mass and I am sure you realised that it is a holiday when no one works or goes to school. Well the year of the Catholic Church is a little different, it doesn’t start on the 1st January and finish on the 31st December instead we herald the new liturgical (Catholic Calendar) year in on the 1st Sunday of Advent. Everything is made new as we wait with Mary for the birth of her Son our Lord Jesus, at Christmas, and the year then finishes with the celebration of the great feast of Christ the King.

So, why have a year?
When the Pope, any Pope calls for a year to be celebrated for a certain purpose, he is asking the faithful (that’s us) to pray for this subject or these people. For example Pope Benedict called for a year for priests in 2009, so in that year we were all asked to pray for priests.
When Pope Benedict gave a talk to people he would often speak about the priesthood and offer his advice and encouragement. So in this year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis will offer messages and talks on this subject, celebrate Mass for this intention, wishing to affirm the consecrated people in their lives. He will pray at Holy Mass and at vigils asking God’s grace for these people. So you see it is important to know what a year is all about, to stay tuned and awake to what the Catholic Church is saying.


Stay tuned for next week when I will share with you who the Consecrated are. You may be surprised! If you have any questions about anything then please ask and I will try to answer you as soon as possible. And remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.