On Sunday, February 1, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. “They are men and women who can awaken the world. Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the next 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, on the occasion of his announcement that 2015 will be dedicated to consecrated life.
In the Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 1, 000 religious men and women of over 100 different religious congregations. This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
There will be a special Mass next Sunday February 1 at 3:00pm at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such a vital and important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.