The Diocese of Des Moines

World Day for Consecrated Life

Start Date: 02/02/2017


Please join us at a Mass for Religious' Renewal of Vows at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines at 4pm. 

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World Day for Consecrated Life is celebrated in the Church on Feb. 2 and will be celebrated in parishes the weekend of Feb. 4-5. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day.

In 1997, St. John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2. This feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. 

The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation!

Resources to help promote and celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life, including Prayers of the Faithful, can be found on the USSCB website.

Click here to download Free planning kit, provided by the  USA Council of Serra International Vocations Committee.

Read St. John Paul II's beautiful apostolic exhortation "Vita Consecrata" on the Vatican's website.