In his address presented during the recent joint meeting of Bishops and Religious, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart shares his insights and hopes for Australian religious men and women in the Year of Consecrated Life.
Pope Francis issued a letter for the Year of Consecrated Life,expressing his expectations for the yearlong observance: that consecrated men and women would be witnesses of communion, of joy and the Gospel, and go evermore to the peripheries to proclaim the Good News, reports the Vatican Radio.
What can we do in this ‘moment of time’ in the life-long journey which is consecrated life? My hopes for the Year of Consecrated Life are related to these four areas: our global context, our Australia and Pacific context, each congregation or institute's context and in the context of each consecrated woman or man, writes Mercy Sister Annette Schneider.
Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) proudly unveils a logo and a new website section to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, which begins on the 29th of November, the first weekend of Advent.
Morning Star Publishing invites everyone to the book launch of "Perfect Charity", a book of stories on women religious living the spirit of Vatican II, on 28 November 2014, Friday, 5-7pm at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney.
On the first Sunday of Advent, as the Year of Consecrated Life begins, Benedictines in Australia will pray for peace at First Vespers on this day. Join them in making November 29 a universal day of prayer of peace.
What if the Year of Consecrated Life ushers in a new graced time for religious, a kairos time, a time of vitality, hope and vision, a time that addresses the cries of a twenty first century world? This is one of the many possibilities that Sister Sue McGuiness rsj recently hoped for the Josephites, and we at CRA echo these hopes for the benefit of all religious.
"They (the consecrated) are men and women who can awaken the world. Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to ‘domesticate’ them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord." - Pope Francis
In pointing to his Dominican habit, Archbishop Fisher has drawn attention to the life of religious and the gift their consecrated lives bring to the Church. His appointment comes as a happy coincidence to Australian religious men and women as the Year of Consecrated Life begins on 29 November 2014, writes Giselle Lapitan.