In advance of the World Day for Consecrated Life on February 2, the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have written a pastoral letter encouraging the faithful to honour and celebrate the dedicated service of all consecrated persons.

"We want personally and publicly to thank all of the consecrated women and men who have laboured in the Lord’s vineyard and who continue to do so today," the Bishops write. "Since the arrival of Oblate Priests in 1845 and the Sisters of Charity of Montréal (the Grey Nuns) in 1859, consecrated persons of many different communities have been marvellous co-workers, helping to sow the seeds of the Gospel and to tend to a variety of needs of the people in this region. The Catholic school system in Alberta, numerous Catholic health care institutions, and countless parishes have been built up through the generous and loving service of consecrated women and men.

"In this Year of Consecrated Life, we would also invite all of our different Catholic communities to find ways to remember and honour the good work of so many consecrated persons in the past and those who are serving today in the Church."

Download the full letter text

Visit our Year of Consecrated Life webpage