Year of Consecrated Life

March 10, 2015

Late in 2013,  Pope Francis announced  that 2015 would be a year dedicated to consecrated life, and has asked the Church’s religious sisters, brothers and priests to “wake up the world” with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope. The year officially begins on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014  and closes on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 (Day of Consecrated Life).

The Sisters of St. Ann in the Pacific Northwest are honouring the Year of Consecrated Life by adopting the logo which was especially designed for the Vatican to celebrate the religious year (the logo and the artists). We have incorporated our Province logo into the Vatican design by placing it on the very westerly waters, symbolic of our physical location in the Pacific Northwest where we arrived by ship in 1858.

To learn more about the Year of Consecrated Life and how it will be celebrated within Canada, we invite you to watch this video which features Sister Rita Larivée, ssa, who is both Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Saint Anne and current president of the Canadian Religious Council. In the film, Sister Rita addresses three specific questions relating to the Year of Consecrated Life and we hope you will learn more from her about the significance of this year for the women and men religious of Canada and the world.

·How significant is the Year of Consecrated Life for the women and men religious of Canada and for our society as a whole?

·How will the Canadian Religious Conference highlight and celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life?

·What are the reasons to celebrate this special year?

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