MESSAGES – Message addressed to all Religious Institutes of Brothers in occasion of the year of consecrated life by 15 Superior Generals who gathered during the last USG Assembly (Rome, November 2014).
Pope Francis’s question inspire us, as representatives of fifteen religious congregations of Brothers, to write to you. This common letter is meant to represent the great vision we have of working together for God’s dream for humanity.
The Year of Consecrated Life
1. On the 29th of November, 2013, Pope Francis announced 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life during his meeting with the assembly of the Union of Superiors General. On the 31st of January last, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) provided through its Prefect, Cardinal Joao Braz de Avis, and secretary of the congregation, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, the objectives and agenda for the celebration of the year of consecrated life.
This presentation was followed by the publication of the first of three letters which are meant to spark reflection among consecrated men and women on the meaning of our vocation and mission in the Church. The first letter, “Rejoice”, is inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis. A second letter, “Scrutinize”, will soon be released. Since then, many of us have begun to prepare to participate in this celebration of the universal Church.
The objectives of this year, as they were announced by CICLSAL are, firstly, to remember “with grateful memory” our fruitful journey of renewal in the last 50 years since Vatican II and the publication of the decree Perfectae Caritatis; secondly, to embrace the future with hope; and thirdly, to live the present with passion. Read more…