Pope Francis has invited the Church throughout the world to celebrate the particular charism of consecrated life starting on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. Its purpose, as stated by the Vatican, is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.” This is a great opportunity to show our gratitude for the contributions of Religious in the Diocese of Syracuse. It is also an opportunity to pray for those who are called to follow this special way of life.
We will open the Year of Consecrated Life with Mass on November 30th at 9:30am at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption. All are invited to pray in a spirit of thanksgiving for the gift of Religious sisters, brothers, and priests in the diocese. In addition, various Holy Hours for Vocations will be organized throughout the year by the Office of Vocations in coordination with different communities. It is imperative that we continue to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send more laborers.
The leadership groups in the country (LCWR, CMSWR, CMSM) have proposed three events during the year:
- February 8, 2015: Open Houses at convents, friaries, religious houses
- Summer 2015: Day of Mission and Service with Religious
- September 13, 2015: Day of Prayer with Religious
Please consider joining us for a time to honor the women and men who have devoted themselves as sisters or brothers in Religious Orders. The Office of Vocation Promotion is sponsoring a series of Holy Hours with Bishop Cunningham. They which will include Benediction, scripture, silence and witness talks by religious sisters and brothers.
January 2 at 7pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Binghamton
February 6 at Utica Notre Dame High School
March 6 at 7 pm at St. Rose of Lima Church, North Syracuse
This year is a great gift to the Church and to the Diocese. As Pope Francis noted, members of Consecrated Life can “Wake up the World” with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope. We thank God and thank them all for their great witness and wake up call.
Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse