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The year of Consecrated Life begins

“Consecrated people are a sign of God in the different  spheres of life; they are yeast for the growth of a more just and fraternal society; they are a prophetic witness to sharing with the little ones and the poor. Consecrated life understood and lived in that way presents itself to us as it really is: a gift from God, a gift of God to the church, a gift of God to his people. Every consecrated person is a gift for the people of God who are journeying”. (Pope Francis)


With the theme: “Consecrated life in the Church today: Gospel, Prophecy and Hope”, The Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life– CIVCSVA has announced the year dedicated to Consecrated life. The opening of this special time will take place on the 30th November with the celebration of the Eucharist in the Basilica of St Peters and will conclude on the 2nd February 2016 with the World Day on Consecrated Life. The event takes place within the context of the 50years of the Second Vatican Council and in particular with the 50 years since the publication of the conciliar decree “Perfectacaritatis” on the renewal of consecrated life.

The logo presented by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life expresses through symbols the fundamental values of consecrated life. In it the continual work of the Holy Spirit is recognized, who throughout the centuries spreads the riches of the practice of the evangelical councils through many charisms and who also through this channel makes the mystery of Christ present in a perpetual way in the Church and in the world, in time and in space.

Letter of the CIVCSVA  Rejoice!  (Feb.2, 2014)

Letter of Pope Francis to the all consacrated people


Calendar for the year of Consecrated Life 2014-2016
29 November 2014:    Prayer Vigil  in the Papal Basilica St Maria Major              
30 November 2014:    1st Sunday of Advent Eucharistic Celebration in St Peter’s Basilica
International Meetings in Rome:
22-25 January 2015:                Ecumenical meeting of consecrated men and women
24 January 2015:                     Prayer Vigil
08-11 April2015:                      Workshop for Formators in RL
11 April 2015:                          Prayer Vigil
23-25 September 2015:          Workshop for Young Consecrated Persons
25 September 2015:               Prayer Vigil
26 January – 2 February2016:  Week of World Unity for CL
Special Events:
27-30 january 2016:    International Symposium for Apostolic Institutes and Societies of apostolic life and                                                         new Institutes and new forms.
28-31 January 2016:    International Symposium for Monastic Life.
29-31 enero 2016:       International Symposium for Secular Institutes and the Ordo virginum
30 January 2016:     Thanksgiving vigil in the Papal Basilica of St Peter
2 February 2016:     World day of Consecrated Life – Eucharistic Celebration in the Papal Basilica of St Peter
World Itineraries:
8 December 2014:      World chain of prayer in the monasteries.
26 September 2015:   Remembrance of the Saints and Martyrs of consecrated Life. In each Nation there will be a commemoration: Places of particular apostolic significance or particular witness. In Roma: Santa María del Araceli,Mamertina Prison, Imperial Forum, Coliseum.