Pope Francis announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life. "Thank you, for what you do and for your spirit of faith and your quest for service." – Pope Francis, 2014
The Religious or Consecrated Life is about consecrating oneself to a particular understanding of the Christian journey (known as a charism) in service of the Church. Men and women dedicate their lives to serve in Orders or movements as priests, brothers, monks, nuns, sisters and consecrated virgins. Some commit to a life of prayer, others to education or health care. However they live out their charism, they bring Christ to those they minister to. Religious and consecrated life has many different expressions. There are many orders, communities and congregations of men and women who commit themselves to this state of life. Some live a contemplative lifestyle, focused on prayer; while others have a missionary focus.
In 2014 there was a surge in young women entering consecrated life.
Tamara Gillies l Verbum Dei Brisbane
Monique Singh l First Profession, Canossian Daughters of Charity
Monica Thi Loc Nguyen l Postulant, Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres