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Vespers Service for Day of Consecrated Life Feb. 8
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Members of the Congregation of Holy Cross bless icon at 2011 vespers.
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Members of the Congregation of Holy Cross bless icon at 2011 vespers.

The Archdiocese of Portland will celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life on Friday, Feb. 8, with a Vespers prayer service at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 7 p.m. Archbishop John G. Vlazny has invited members of religious orders and those in other forms of consecrated life to join him for this service.  Parishioners are also invited to participate in the Vespers service.
World Day for Consecrated Life was established by Pope John Paul II in 1997. He established a day of prayer for those in consecrated life to recognize how they serve the Church through their ministries and prayer. It also provides an opportunity for parishioners to learn more about those in religious orders and in consecrated life.
The Archdiocese of Portland is fortunate to have 20 communities of men in religious orders and 29 communities of women in religious orders. There are also three religious women hermits and three consecrated virgins within the Archdiocese. The ministries of those in consecrated life include working in parishes, hospitals, Catholic schools, at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, and in social ministries. At the Pastoral Center religious serve in the Archdiocesan Resource Center, Liturgy Office, Catholic Deaf Ministry and in the Archdiocesan Tribunal. There are religious teaching in Catholic elementary schools, high schools, and at the University level.
All are invited to join those in consecrated life and Archbishop Vlazny for the Vespers Prayer service on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

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