Vocations » Religious Life
In an effort to help Catholics gain a deeper understanding of religious life, Pope Francis has proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, starting on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of November 29, 2014, and ending on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated life. In his letter announcing the Year, he asked the Church’s religious sisters, brothers and priests to “wake up the world,” and “to be prophets who witness to how Jesus lived on this earth…”
Around the world and here in our diocese, consecrated women and men play a significant role in the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics: working as educators, in health care, pastoral work, and with the poor, among many other areas. We invite you to learn more about religious life, the variety of charisms and missions of the different religious orders, and join us in celebrating consecrated life. Click on the links below to learn more.
Plan to attend a diocesan wide celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life from 1:00—6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, 2015 on the campus of Saint Anselm College. Events will include: a keynote address with breakout sessions, activities for children and youth, and a liturgical celebration in the Abbey Church. A boxed lunch will be available. Watch eNews for additional details and registration information.
Throughout the Year of Consecrated Life, we will feature consecrated men and women who serve in the Diocese of Manchester. We asked them to tell us about their life and work. Watch eNews, catholicnh.org, and Facebook to learn when new interviews are published.
Cissy Van Loon
In Corinthians 12, St. Paul reminds us that… “There are different gifts but the same Spirit, there are different ministries but the same Lord, there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone.”
This provides a context to explain the variety of charisms and missions among the thousands of Religious Orders in the United States. Religious communities of priests, brothers and sisters have long worked to bring the faith to all people and to serve them, whether it be working as educators, in health care, pastoral work, spirituality, with the poor, or the many other areas demanding a Gospel response.
Each order has been founded in response to a charism or mission. There may be multiple responses within a given charism, but commitment to the founding vision or mission is at the heart of all they do. The result is the richness of the variety of men and women who have committed themselves to living out the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience in service to the people of God. The Church exists to do the mission of Jesus and to bring about the reign of God, the intense love of God to fruition. May the witness of their lives and good works continue to further the reign of God in our time.
To learn more about religious life and to get these and other questions answered, read this "Special Report on Religious Life." (pdf)
As Liaison for Women Religious, Sr. Kelly Connors, pm, JCD, assists the Bishop in his supervision of the women religious living and/or ministering in the diocese. She provides ministry to and care for all women religious, active and retired, and is concerned with their overall welfare. In addition, the Liaison collaborates with the Co-Vicars for Clergy in communicating with the major superiors and is available to meet with individual women religious upon request.
For more information, please contact:
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
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Manchester, NH 03105-0310
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