This Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, sees the start of the Year for Consecrated Life.
In announcing this year, Pope Francis said “Religious should be men and women able to wake up the world.”
Throughout England and Wales, dioceses and religious congregations are celebrating the start of the year with liturgical events such as Mass in Westminster and Birmingham Cathedrals this Saturday, vespers at Worth Abbey for Arundel and Brighton the following week and a day for consecrated men and women at Brentwood Cathedral centre last Saturday.
In our own Archdiocese, we remember in our prayers those religious who work so hard, both in the contemplative life, and in the apostolic life, to the building up of Christ’s body, the Church, here in Wales and Herefordshire.
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The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life have released a ‘Letter to Consecrated Men and Women’, entitled Rejoice!
‘Praying, worshipping God is not a waste of time’
“While you do not hide the areas of weakness that it is possible to verify today in consecrated life,” the Pope told consecrated persons today at the Vatican, he encouraged them to still “be listening to the signs of the Spirit, who opens new horizons and pushes to new ways.”
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