Year of Consecrated Life opened by the GNSH

Written on: February 2, 2015

The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart mark their opening of the Year of Consecrated Life on February 2. This date was established as the World Day for Consecrated Life  by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1997. It coincides with the Feast of the Presentation, and Candlemas Day. Most important to the Grey Nuns it is the day we remember the Original Commitment made by Marguerite D’Youville and a small group of sisters. From that tiny group came the six autonomous congregations of Grey Nuns. Each Sister will be provided with small candle to use throughout the year as a reminder of  that original “spark” which she followed through her commitment to consecrated life, and of the light she brings to the world through her life as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart. Read Sister Mary Elizabeth’s reflection for the day here

Candles will be blessed at the Motherhouse Mass on February 2 and distributed throughout the Congregation. Sisters are invited to light the candle one time each week and to renew their vows at that time or say a special prayer. View photos here

On February 8th, the day the parishes celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life, the local Grey Nun Associates will join the the Motherhouse Sisters for Mass and breakfast and provide a special treat as a way to thank them for passing on the Charism of St. Marguerite and also to get to know Sisters in a more personal way.

Other events planned throughout the coming months will be enhanced by a focus on the Year of Consecrated Life. Please check back for updates.


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