Celebration of Consecrated Life Honors
the Dedicated Service of Religious Sisters, Brothers, and Priests
The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange will lead the annual Celebration of Consecrated Life, to be held at Holy Family Cathedral on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Bishop Vann will preside over a Mass for the many religious in the Diocese of Orange. Following the homily, religious will renew their vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience.
This celebration initiated by Pope John Paul II highlights the place consecrated life has in the church. “In effect, the consecrated life is at the very heart of the Church as a decisive element for her mission, since it manifests the inner nature of the Christian calling,” Pope John Paul II.
Consecrated life has a variety of forms in the church. Religious sisters, brothers, priests and monks all dedicate their lives to God. This particular celebration of consecrated life is intended to help the entire church to respect ever more greatly the commitment these individuals make to follow Christ by the practice of the evangelical counsels.
This celebration is also an opportunity for religious to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervor which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord. During the Mass the religious will renew their vows and will be blessed with a prayer by the congregation present. Bishop Vann will honor six Sisters who are celebrating jubilees:
50 years: Sister Kit Gray, CSJ
60 years: Sisters Jeannette Black, CSJ; Sister Patricia Tierney, CSJ; Sister Rita Trudell, CSJ; Sister Agnes M. Steiner, SSSF; and, Sister Catalina Bayardo, MESST.
The Diocese of Orange is blessed by the presence of 404 Religious Priests, Sisters and Brothers. They provide ministry to thousands of children, youth, and adults in the diocese.
“During this Year of Faith, when Catholics around the world are invited to engage in the New Evangelization with renewed enthusiasm, this event provides us with the opportunity to renew our commitment to God, the Church, and the laity,” said Bishop Vann. “The mission of consecrated life concerns all of us, working, praying and believing together so that the power of God may be made manifest in our world, and we are thankful for the women and men in consecrated life for their vocations and their ministry,” he said.
Mass & Dinner for Celebration of Consecrated Life
January 19, 2013, beginning at 4:00 pm
Holy Family Cathedral
566 South Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866