This Sunday, November 30 we begin the season of Advent and also the year designated by Pope Francis as the Year of Consecrated Life. This yearlong celebration will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. This time also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Perfectae Caritatis, the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life, and Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. We as religious are called upon to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope,” as called forth by Cardinal João Braz De Aviz.
In vocation work, this in many ways is what we are called to do. We are called to share our story of who we are as Missionaries of the Precious Blood and the ministries we are involved with. We are challenged to make our charism and spirituality of reconciliation and renewal of the church through the preaching of the word known to others. Each of us as missionaries are called to share that message with others through our ministries and the work we do. As we approach our 200th anniversary, what better time to make our story known.
From the vocation office we will continue to highlight and share suggestions throughout this year.