Updated Jan. 23, 2012
METUCHEN – The 16th annual World Day for Consecrated Life will be observed in parishes throughout the Diocese of Metuchen the weekend of Feb. 4-5. This day, established by Pope John Paul II in 1997, recognizes those devoted to consecrated life, provides an opportunity for them to renew their dedication and invites the entire church to celebrate this gift of consecrated life.
To commemorate the day, Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will serve as principal celebrant at an evening prayer service Sunday, Feb. 5 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi.
During the prayer service, those celebrating significant milestones of their religious profession will be acknowledged by the Bishop and members of the faith community.
“The consecrated men and women in the Diocese share the light of Christ through a variety of ministries in our parishes and diocesan ministries: evangelization, education, health care, social services, spiritual direction and contemplative living,” said Religious Teacher Filippini Sister Ascenza Tizzano, delegate, Office of Religious. “Our way of life reflects that Jesus is the center and purpose for everything we are and everything we do.”
World Day for Consecrated Life is an invitation for all the faithful to gather in prayer, to celebrate and to give thanks to the Lord for the gift of consecrated life and to encourage young men and women to consider a vocation to religious life so there will continue to be the presence of consecrated women and men who will serve our Church and world, said Sr. Ascenza.
The annual day of prayer is celebrated in the Church on Feb. 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. When the feast day does not occur on a Sunday, World Day for Consecrated Life is observed the following Sunday.
All are invited to attend the prayer service and light reception that follows. Those who plan to attend or want more information are asked to visit www.diometuchen.org or contact Sr. Ascenza Tizzano at 1-732-562-1990 ext. 1102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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