Year for Consecrated Life

ycl_logo_for_days_with_religious_blogIn 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world. YCL began on the First Sunday of Advent, 30 November  2014. It  closed on the World Day of Consecrated Life, 2 February 2016.

The year also marked the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, a decree on religious life, and Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the Church. Its purpose, as stated by the Vatican was to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.”

In KK Archdiocese, the Council of Religious under Sr Christine Sundin fsp organised a programme of visiting rural chapels monthly with the objective of sharing with the people about religious life in general and the services/ministries of the different religious institutes in the archdiocese.  Below is the programme of visitation:

Jan 11: Our Lady Immaculate Taipah Kudat
Feb 15: St Joseph Batutai
Mar 08: St Hilary Timbang Kota Belud
Apr 12: St Victor Bongkud Ranau
May 10: St Philip Neri Pekan Nabalu Bundu Tuhan
Jun 14: St Mary Topokon Tuaran
Jul 12: St Martin Malangang Kiulu
Aug 09: St Flora Lapasan Telipok
Sep 13: St Joseph Kokol Manggatal
Oct 11: St Anne Ulu Kimanis Papar
Nov 08: Assumption Sugud
Dec 13: St Augustine Kinarut

Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life

O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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