In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world. The year began on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, on February 2, 2016.

How can we participate in this special year? Here are some ideas:

  1. Identify the sisters, brothers and priests in your parish who are called to consecrated life; include their names, and the name and charism of the their congregation on the parish web page and/or parish bulletin.

  2. Choose one Mass on the weekend of February 1, 2015, that places particular emphasis on the call to consecrated life. How?

    •  invite those in consecrated life to share the ministries for that Mass, e.g. music ministry, lectors, Prayers of the Faithful, Eucharistic ministers

    •  reference consecrated life in the homily (explain it as a particular way to live out one's baptismal call)

    •  invite those in consecrated life to renew their vows (a generic formula could be used) following the homily

    •  use the Prayer of the Faithful prepared by Sr. Jeannette Filthaut, SP:

    We pray in GRATITUDE for the consecrated women and men of our Archdiocese, for witnessing to us as baptized Christians, how to live our PRESENT moments with PASSION for the JOY of the Gospel, so that we may all move forward into life, with a FUTURE filled with HOPE.

    •  serve refreshments after Mass in the parish hall or foyer

    •  invite the congregations to prepare a display about their congregation, that would be visible in the foyer or parish hall

  3. Parishioners and consecrated persons are also invited to join Archbishop Smith for a special Mass for Consecrated Life at St. Joseph Basilica at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 1.
  4. Visit our Year of Consecrate Life webpage, where we will be posting more news and events throughout the year.

Embracing the Future

As a project for the Year of Consecrated Life, the rchdiocese of Edmonton is inviting you (youth and adults) to share your hopes for life. Your input from the survey below will be used to develop a series of reflections that address your concerns from a spiritual perspective. Please take a moment to answer the survey at the link below and share it with others. Thank you!