News
From left: Jesuit Fathers Samuel J. Sawyer, Mario M. Powell and Thomas M. Simisky on their ordination day at Fordham University in New York.
Jesuits Celebrate Year of Consecrated Life

By Doris Yu

December 4, 2014 — From the Sisters of St. Joseph to the Dominicans, from diocesan priests to Jesuits, religious vocations in the Catholic Church will be celebrated in 2015, which Pope Francis has named as the Year of Consecrated Life. 

The Year of Consecrated Life begins this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, and ends with the World Day of Consecrated Life on Feb. 2, 2016.  According to the National Religious Vocation Conference, the global celebration will encourage a spirit of renewal for men and women in religious life, express thanksgiving for their service and invite young Catholics to learn more about and consider a religious vocation.

The Church’s largest order of priests and brothers — the Jesuits — will be among the many participating in events. 

Loyola Productions, a Jesuit-affiliated video and multimedia production company, will produce a film on brothers’ vocations. In addition, the national website of the Society of Jesus in the U.S., Jesuits.org, is offering the Igniting Our Values 2015 Lenten/Easter prayer and reflection program, a vocation pilgrimage coinciding with the Year of Consecrated Life.

Events planned by other religious orders include an open house for religious communities on Feb. 8, 2015, a Day of Mission and Service with Religious in the summer of 2015, and the Day of Prayer with Religious scheduled for Sept. 13, 2015.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Year of Consecrated Life page includes videos, activity suggestions, prayers and other resources; and the National Religious Vocation Conference offers a page with resources for parishes looking to promote the Year of Consecrated Life.

Jesuit Brother Michael Breault, director of national vocation promotion at the Jesuit Conference, believes the Year of Consecrated Life is a good way to encourage vocations and affirm those devoted to religious life. “This is a wonderful invitation for both religious and lay people to celebrate all that consecrated life has to offer,” he says. “All are welcome to share our joy and walk together as brothers and sisters in Christ, whether or not you are devoted to consecrated life.”

Learn more about the Year of Consecrated Life in the news clip from Rome Reports below.





Recent News

Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.

Nov. 6, 2019 - Last month, hundreds of Jesuit-educated alumni and friends of the Society gathered at 23 parishes and schools for the fifth annual Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday Masses.

Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., is appointed the first provincial for the Jesuits USA East Province. He will assume office on July 31, 2020.

Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, has officially decreed the uniting of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces into one USA East Province, effective July 31, 2020.

The Jesuits of Washington, D.C. joined together at Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel to celebrate those with jubilee years in the Society of Jesus.

October 10, 2019 — Jesuits urge Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan to promote moral and ethical treatment of migrants.

Youth preparing for Confirmation at St. Peter Church in Charlotte, NC, helped plant 300 trees as part of the Season of Creation - Feast of St. Francis.

view all news

Search news

Publications

JESUITS Magazine: Spring/Summer 2019

JESUITS Magazine: Fall/Winter 2018

JESUITS Magazine: Summer 2018



Ignatius House Retreat Center
For more than 50 years, the Ignatius House Retreat Center has been open to individuals of all faiths seeking a closer relationship with God.