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Sister Disciples of the Divine Master – Opening Day of Year of Consecrated Life

As declared by Pope Francis, on November 30th, 2014, we began to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life (YCL), which will conclude on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. Consecrated life is a calling to live Jesus’ way , to follow Christ, and spread the Good News to the world. As stated by Pope Francis, “faithful discipleship is grace and love in action; it is the practice of sacrificial charity.”  As he called those who have consecrated their lives to give a joyful witness, Pope Francis hopes this year will express the “beauty and preciousness of this unique form”  of  discipleship in the Catholic Church.

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Sisters Disciple of the Divine Master

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Dominican Sisters of Vietnam

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Sisters of Missionary Charity

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Daughters of Nazareth

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Fr. Mike Harrington and Daughters of St. Paul

Pope Francis calls all consecrated men and women to be courageous, to have a deep communion with God, and most importantly, to be joyful. Consecrated men and women are called to show the world the joy of serving the Lord, so that others may seek the joy they see in their faces.

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Fr. Mike Harrington and Bishop Uglitto with Marists Brothers

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Fr. Harrington and Fr. Taggert with Dominican Sisters of Peace

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Fr. Mike Harrington and Xaverian Missionary Fr. Rocco

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On the opening day of the Year of Consecrated Life (YCL), Cardinal João  Braz de Aviz highlighted in his homily his and Pope Francis’ wish that all consecrated men and women “entrust the journey and [destination] of the Year of Consecrated Life to Mary.”  Here in Boston, member of the Pauline Family and other congregations gathers in celebration of the start of this year dedicated to their answer to Christ.

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Fr. Mike Harrington and Bishop Uglitto with Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Poor

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Fr. Harrington with Franciscans OMI

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Women in Discernment

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Fr. Harrington and Sisters of the Poor

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Fr. Harrington and a consecrated virgin.

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Fr. Harrington and Sisters of St. Joseph

 

Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life

O God, throughout the ages you have called
women and men to pursue lives of perfect
charity through the evangelical counsels of
poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this
Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks
for these courageous witnesses of Faith and
models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy
lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering
of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich
your Church by calling forth sons and daughters
who, having found the pearl of great
price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above
all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.

 

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  • "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me" Gal 2:20