Year of Consecrated Life - Creative plans are multiplying

The Year of Consecrated Life, designated by Pope Francis, begins November 30, the first Sunday of Advent. Around the world parishes, dioceses, and religious communities are forming plans for celebrating this year, which is aimed at: renewal of the life, thanksgiving for it, and invitation to join it.

Communities and dioceses are planning activities such as the following (which NRVC members recently shared with the HORIZON editor):

  • days of prayer
  • retreats
  • study of recent church documents on religious life
  • study of consecrated life materials produced by NRVC (such as HORIZON articles, materials from Moving Forward in Hope workshops, etc.)
  • community-sponsored street festivals
  • service projects
  • creation of YouTube and Vimeo videos
  • special YCL sections on community websites
  • handouts about the community to give every employee at sponsored ministries
  • Taize prayer day
  • adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Resources has posted a YCL logo, a YCL hymn, and more.

This year's special YCL edition of VISION can be ordered at

The National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) website has resources to assist in planning for the Year of Consecrated Life. It has prayers and intercessions for Advent and Christmas, and more will be added as the liturgical year advances. The site also offers ideas for parishes, schools, colleges, and religious communities.

Post your event on the NCSW website by clicking on “POST” in the second paragraph, and NCSW will share your news on all its Web platforms. Sisters are urged to schedule at least one event during National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, 2015.


| More

St John of God Brothers
St. Mary’s
Co. Louth
Tel: 00353 41 686 2607

© 2012 St John of God Brothers
Web Design: Colum Keating