YCLThe Vatican and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have announced the celebration of a Year of Consecrated Life that will begin on November 30, 2014 (the start of the new liturgical year) and conclude on February 2, 2016 (the World Day of Consecrated Life).

According to RELAN’s Regional Coordinator for Lasallian Ministry, Chris Swain, “The expressed hope from the Vatican for the year is threefold: renewal for men and women in consecrated life; thanksgiving for the service of sisters, brothers, priests, and nuns; and invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation.”

The Year is scheduled to commence on November 29 with an Opening Prayer Vigil at the Vatican, followed on November 30 with an Opening Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis, also at the Vatican. Numerous events and observances will then take place throughout 2015 and into 2016.

General Councilor Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, has sent a message to the Region with his personal invitation for all RELAN Lasallians to “accompany one another in answering the Lord’s call to deep faith, generous service and loving community!”

District of San Francisco New Orleans activities and resources will be announced as information becomes available.  For more general Year of Consecrated Life information, visit the YCL page at the Christian Brothers Conference website.