Bishop Strickland to Open Year of Consecrated Life with Solemn Vespers

Bishop Joseph Strickland will open the Diocese of Tyler’s observance of the Year of Consecrated Life with solemn vespers and benediction on Friday, November 21 at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.

Before the opening liturgy, clergy and religious from the diocese will attend a workshop focused on preparing for the Year and planning diocesan events.

Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, starting on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of November 29, 2014, and ending on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated life. The year also marks 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 is to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past” while embracing “the future with hope.”

The Year of Consecrated Life will focus on:

  • renewal for men and women in consecrated life,
  • thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests, and nuns
  • invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation

In addition to the events that will take place in the Diocese of Tyler, a number of events are scheduled in Rome:

  • Nov. 29, 2014: Opening Prayer Vigil
  • Nov. 30, 2014: Opening Mass with Pope Francis
  • Jan. 22-24, 2015: Meeting of Catholic consecrated men and women and consecrated religious from other Christian traditions (to be held during the week of Christian unity)
  • Second week of April, 2015: Conference on religious formation around the world
  • Sept. 23-26, 2015: Event for young men and women in discernment and in the process of joining religious orders
  • Dec. 18-21, 2015: Separate meetings for members of monastic orders and of secular institutes of consecrated life
  • Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2016: Theological symposium on religious life
  • Feb. 2, 2016: Closing Mass with Pope Francis on World Day of Consecrated Life

Prayers intentions, prayer cards, a video on consecrated life and other resources are available at: