Year of Consecrated Life


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In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life be celebrated throughout the world. In the Diocese of Metuchen, the Year of Consecrated Life will be celebrated from November 23, 2014 - February 2, 2016.

FEB 7, 2016 (Diocese of Metuchen) - Bishop invites all to join him at the Closing Celebration
Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski invites the faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen to join him at the Closing Celebration for the Year of Consecrated Life, honoring the men and women religious 2016 jubilarians, at Noon on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen. 

OCT 22, 2015 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Order attentive to dignity of human person, reconciliation of all - Part 8: Servants of the Holy Child Jesus
In a reflection by Sister Antonia Cooper, she reminds us that "all that we are, all that we have, all that we do is a gift from God."

OCT 10, 2015 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Religious takes pope's words to heart during four-day pilgrimage
Mercy Sister Elizabeth O'Hara, Delegate to the Religious, recounts her four-day pilgrimage to encounter Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia.

SEPT 10, 2015 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Community helps faithful deepen their relationship with Christ - Part 7: Sisters of Jesus Our Hope
In a reflection by Sister Christine Quense, she examines her call to religious life and the beauty of her community's prayer, life and witness to hope.

AUG 13, 2015 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Blessed Pauline's commitment to sick, poor created congregation - Part 6: Sisters of Christian Charity
In a reflection by Sister Mathilde DeLucy, she explains her journey to the sisterhood and encourages those who feel they may be called to the religious life to talk to sisters and ask questions.

JUN 4, 2015 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Community members strive to help men, women hear call of Christ - Part 5: Brotherhood of Hope
In a reflection by Brotherhood of Hope Brother Parker Jordan, he remembers the moments leading up to making his vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to the Brotherhood of Hope and the very powerful feeling of God's grace and love at that moment.

he remembers the moments leading up to making the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to
the Brotherhood of Hope and the very powerful feeling of God's grace and love.

MAY 7, 2015 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Order’s ministry focuses on needy, especially children, poor, sick - Part 4: Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
In a reflection by Little Servant Sister of the Immaculate Conception Sister Joanna Sopala, she recalls Jesus’ invitation to “come and follow me” that led her to the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and her vocation to serve the needy, especially the children, the poor and the sick.

MAR 26, 2015 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Religious Communities serving in the Diocese of Metuchen - Part 3: Discalced Carmelites
In a reflection by a Sister of the Discalced Carmelites, she explains how all prayer, liturgy and daily tasks, however small, are offered to God as a litany of praise and thanksgiving.

FEB 26, 2015
 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Religious Communities serving in the Diocese of Metuchen - Part 2: Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth
In a reflection by Sister of Charity Noreen Neary, she encourages others to read about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, “because that would also sum up what the Sisters of Charity are all about — the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.”

FEB 26, 2015
 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Religious honored on milestone anniversaries
On Feb. 8, the diocese recognized religious during a noon Mass commemorating World Day for Consecrated Life. The sisters celebrated milestone anniversaries between 50 and 80 years — a combined 1,070 years of service.

FEB 8, 2015
 (Diocese of Metuchen) - Bishop invites all to celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life
Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski invites all in the Diocese of Metuchen to join him at noon on Feb. 8 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, as he celebrates a Mass for the World Day for Consecrated Life and honor the men and women religious who are celebrating significant anniversaries. 

JAN 15, 2015 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Religious Communities serving in the Diocese of Metuchen - Part 1: Sisters of Mercy
In a reflection by Mercy Sister Francesca Holly, she recalls the history of the Sisters of Mercy and the personal journey that lead her to religious life. For many years, Sisters of Mercy staffed 16 schools in the Diocese of Metuchen. 

DEC 18, 2014 (The Catholic Spirit, Diocese of Metuchen) - Bishop leads prayer service to open Year of Consecrated Life observance
To open its year long observance, the Diocese of Metuchen held a Prayer Service for the Year of Consecrated Life at the Church of the Immaculate Conception Nov. 23. Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski led the prayer service, which honored the religious men and women who serve in the diocese.

NOV 23, 2014 (Diocese of Metuchen) - Bishop Bootkoski invites all to join him in Evening Prayer
Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski invites the faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen to join him in Evening Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life at 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Somerville. 

OCT 1, 2014 (USCCB)USCCB Chairman announces observance of “Days with Religious”
As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is promoting “Days with Religious” initiatives and resources to help families learn about the consecrated life of religious men and women.

JAN 31, 2014 (Vatican Radio)Vatican announces Year of Consecrated Life
The Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal João Braz De Aviz held a press conference to announce the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life.