Mass at cathedral, parish visits among ways diocese is celebrating Year of Consecrated Life

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The Visitor

Members of local communities of consecrated life will be recognized for their vocations and service to the church at a special Mass at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.

Bishop Donald Kettler will preside at the Mass, which will be followed by an outdoor social with refreshments.

“This is an opportunity for people to express their thanks and gratitude to the religious communities for their ministry and presence,” said Father Robert Rolfes, vicar general of the diocese.

In addition, over the course of the next several months, representatives from area religious communities will speak at weekend Masses about consecrated life as well as their communities’ histories and charisms.

wake_up_the_world“The history of the men and women religious here goes back to the very founding of the diocese in the mid-1800s,” Father Rolfes said. “Their ministry has helped to instill a strong faith within the people of our diocese. With the programs they offer today, they continue to help us to strengthen our faith through, for example, retreat programs, days of recollection and opportunities to visit their communities. And, certainly the prayers they offer on behalf of the people of the diocese are a great source of blessing.”

The Visitor also will feature stories in upcoming issues profiling religious communities that serve in the diocese, including the Benedictines of St. John’s Abbey and St. Benedict’s Monastery, Little Falls Franciscans, Crosiers, Poor Clares and Vincentians.
The events are part of the diocese’s observance of the Year of Consecrated Life proclaimed by Pope Francis. It began Nov. 29, 2014, and continues until Feb. 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated life.