1/14/2014 9:17:00 AM Archdiocese to celebrate Consecrated Life
Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois
The Holy Spirit Sisters confer before Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish.
Archbishop Alexander Sample will celebrate Mass honoring those living in consecrated life. The Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, February 3 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow.
The Archdiocese of Portland is fortunate to include 21 religious communities of men, 30 religious communities of women, three consecrated virgins and three hermit sisters.
Religious sisters, brothers, priests and monks follow Christ by living their professed vows and the particular charism of their community. Consecrated virgins are lay people who make vows to the local bishop, and live those vows in the secular world. Those in consecrated life serve in a variety of ministries in parishes and throughout the archdiocese. Some members in consecrated life teach in Catholic universities, high schools and elementary schools. Some staff parishes, some minister to those in jail, some serve as campus ministers, and some serve in hospitals and health care centers. Some serve in Pastoral Center offices of the Archdiocese.
In 1997 Pope John Paul II established a day to celebrate those called to live consecrated lives. They give witness to the Church by their call to holiness. World Day for Consecrated Life is celebrated on Feb. 2 of each year.
All parishioners are invited to join Archbishop Sample in celebrating those living in consecrated life on Monday, February 3 at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7 p.m.