World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in religious life. World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Saturday, February 2 and in parishes on the weekend of February 2-3. It is a special time for the universal Church to celebrate the beauty of the consecrated vocation, highlight its various forms, and reflect on the unique Christ-centered witness that consecrated men and women bring to the Church and the surrounding community.
This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. Holy Union Sisters throughout the United States and internationally will be joining with other women and men religious in celebrating World Day for Consecrated Life. Please pray for all those who have made a commitment in the consecrated life and thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.
The United States Catholic Bishops offer the attached Prayer Card for World Day for Consecrated Life. Please download and share with family and friends.prayer-card-world-day-for-consecrated-life