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Year of Consecrated Life

The Year of Consecrated Life will officially begin on 30th November 2014, the first Sunday of Advent, having been preceded by a prayer vigil on Saturday 29th November. The Year will finish on February 2nd 2016, the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. During these 14 months celebrations and diverse meetings will take place with the objective of highlighting the various dimensions of consecrated life.
The Year of Consecrated Life will focus on:
•    renewal for men and women in consecrated life,
•    thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests, and nuns
•    invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation
 Year of Consecrated Life events (tentative dates):
•    Nov. 29, 2014: Opening Prayer Vigil
•    Nov. 30, 2014: Opening Mass with Pope Francis
•    Jan. 22-24, 2015: Meeting of Catholic consecrated men and women and consecrated religious from other Christian traditions (to be held during the week of Christian unity)
•    Second week of April, 2015: Conference on religious formation around the world
•    Sept. 23-26, 2015: Event for young men and women in discernment and in the process of joining religious orders
•    Dec. 18-21, 2015: Separate meetings for members of monastic orders and of secular institutes of consecrated life
•    Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2016: Theological symposium on religious life
•    Feb. 2, 2016: Closing Mass with Pope Francis on World Day of Consecrated Life