Year of Youth 2018

Advent: Year of Consecrated Life - Discerning God's Plan For Your Life

Last edited 3rd November 2015

Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life will be celebrated throughout the world from the First Sunday of Advent last year, 30 November 2014, until the World Day of Consecrated Life on 2 February 2016. As we continue to celebrate the dedication and contributions of the men and woman relgious who have devoted their lives to God in the very special vocation of Consecrated Life, today's feature is a video testimony from Sister Maris Stella, who tells the story of how she found her vocation with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville.

Today we are also featuring a Pastoral Message from Most Rev Anthoyn Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney, released specifically for the Year of Consecrated Life on All Saints Day 2015. Download the message in full here.

"To all young Catholic men and women I say: listen to God speaking in your hearts, in Word and Sacrament, in your families and communities, in the signs of our times and the needs of our world. Have the courage to be a hero! be generous enough to join the great adventure of consecrated life!" Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

Prayer for Vocations to Consecrated Life

Lord God, you have called men and women to Consecrated Life, setting them apart as experts in communion and witnesses to your Kingdom, serving Christ in the needy through prayer and apostolate, and building up your Church in grace, joy and love.

We give you thanks for those religious who in the past so generously build up the Church in Australia. We ask you to bless those who in the present serve so well in our Archdiocese.

Open the hearts of young women and men to the Consecrated Life; inspire them to heed the call to radical love; and grant them the courage and generosity to respond to that call.

We ask this through the chaste, poor and obedient One, Christ our Lord. Amen.

All holy men and women religious: pray for us.

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