Our Holy Father Pope Francis has proclaimed 2015 to be a Year of Consecrated Life, to begin on November 30, 2014 (the First Sunday of Advent), and ending on February 2, 2016 (the World Day of Consecrated Life).
The Year also marks the 50th anniversary of two foundational documents from the Second Vatican Council: Perfectae Caritatis, a decree on religious life, and Lumen Gentium, the constitution on the Church. The Diocese of Providence is pleased to participate in the Church’s celebration of the rich contributions of men and women religious, as they work to build the Kingdom of God on earth. Those in consecrated life profess chastity, poverty and obedience within a permanent state of life recognized by the Church.
Our Brothers and Sisters living consecrated lives make great contributions to our Diocese through their witness of faith and through a vast number of ministries,” said Bishop Tobin. “They teach in our schools, take care of the poor and the sick, and bring compassion and the love of Christ to those shunned by society. This special Year will be a time to thank the Lord for the prayers and sacrifices of the men and women religious who daily give of themselves for others.
To formally open the Year, the Diocese of Providence held an Opening Prayer Service Sunday, December 7, 2014 at St. Pius V Parish, Providence. The Diocese of Providence plans additional local events for the Year, and each will be announced as it is scheduled.
Sun., 08.16.15: Think God may be calling you to be a religious Brother or Sister?
“Come and See” Day, Sunday, August 16, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. For a list of the religious communities participating, and their locations, call the Diocese of Providence at 401/278.4663.
No reservation necessary; just drop by anytime between 1:00-3:00pm:
1. Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Jeanne Jugan Residence, 964 Main Street, Pawtucket.
2. Brothers of the Christian Schools, Christian Brothers Center, 635 Ocean Road, Narragansett.
3. Brothers of the Sacred Heart, 159 Earle Street, Woonsocket.
LECTURE Tues., Oct. 27 at 7pm
Mount Tabor: the “Place” of Consecrated Persons in the Church
Lecturer: Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P., S.T.D. - Flyer
Read Lecture here: Mount Tabor – the “Place” of Consecrated Persons in the Church, from October 27th, 2015, given by Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P., Saint John’s Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts
Sunday, November 8th, 2015 – Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life in the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Providence, beginning at 1:00pm with Bishop Evans.
Year of Consecrated Life aims to ‘Wake up the World’
Year of Consecrated Life begins in the diocese
Celebrating the Consecrated Life
Religious gather to 'Wake Up the World' to their lifelong vocations of service
From the Pope – Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life
From the Vatican – 2015 World Day for Consecrated Life
Other resources are available at: www.nrvc.net.