As the Year of Consecrated Life draws to a close, some 4,000 consecrated men and women are expected in Rome for the closing ceremonies.
The Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Lfie and the Societies of Apostolic Life announced the events relating to the conclusion of the Year. They will be held from 28 January to 2 February.
There will be meetings, prayer vigils, and times for discussing the theme “Consecrated life in communion. The common foundation in the variety of forms.”
The aims of the meeting are to get to know better the great mosaic of consecrated life, to live communion rediscovering the single call uniting the variety of forms (Ordo Virginum, monastic life, apostolic institutes, secular institutes, new institutes and new forms of consecrated life), starting out together on the path of the great Jubilee of Mercy that once more gives all consecrated persons the specific mandate of their vocation: to be guided by the Father’s mercy, witnesses and builders of an authentically lived fraternity.
The first event will take place on 28 January: a vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, presided by Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the congregation, and in which Cardinal Joao Braz De Aviz, prefect of the Congregation, will participate.
On 29 January, consecrated persons will gather in Paul VI Hall, while on 30 and 31 January, in five locations in Rome, representatives of each form of consecrated life will meet to explore in greater depth various specific aspects of their vocation. They will subsequently meet in Paul VI Hall again on 1 February, for an audience with the Holy Father and the Oratory “On the trail of beauty,” directed by Msgr. Marco Frisina.
The events will end on 2 February with the morning Jubilee pilgrimage and the Eucharistic celebration for the 20th World Day of Consecreted Life, celebrated by Pope Francis.