The Year of Consecrated Life is being celebrated from the vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2014, until the World Day for Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. Pope Francis had announced in November 2013 this special initiative which will focus on the consecrated life. Extending throughout all of 2015, the year is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on and celebrate the unique role and importance that consecrated life has in the Church.
The consecrated life includes all men and women who vow or promise to consecrate their lives to God and to provide a unique public witness as members of religious communities, apostolic societies, secular institutes, and consecrated virgins.
Dioceses and religious communities in Canada and throughout the world are organizing events and initiatives as part of the year, in addition to the international celebrations and meetings which will be held in Rome. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has invited the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) to establish a joint committee that will recommend possible ways to celebrate the Year for Consecrated Life in Canada. In this special webpage, the CCCB announces news on the work of the joint committee and provides links to the websites of the Holy See, the CRC and religious communities in Canada, as well as to help publicize diocesan celebrations from across Canada.
Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to all Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life
About the logo for the Year of Consecrated Life
The letter "Rejoice" by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Letter from the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
Canadian Religious Conference
Activities and diocesan celebrations across Canada:
Letter from Bishop Dorylas Moreau of Rouyn-Noranda (in French only)
Archdiocese of Vancouver: Monthly days of silence and prayer will take place throughout the Archdiocese
Archdiocese of Montreal: 24 Hours for Consecrated Life (January 31 - February 1)
Archdiocese of Toronto: Special Mass - World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life (February 1)
Lives and spirituality of a number of Canadian Saints and Blesseds:
St. Brother André Bessette:
Biography of St. Brother André (PDF)
The Life and Spirituality of St. Brother André Bessette
OCQ catechetical resources in French and English
Salt + Light TV resources in English and French (PDF)
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys:
Biography of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys (PDF)
Life and Spirituality of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys
Congregation of Notre Dame
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