February 1, 2015
World Day for Consecrated Life
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Pope Francis has declared 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life in the Universal Church. We give thanks and honor the women and men in consecrated life who have served and are serving here in our great Diocese of Rockville Centre.
The life of this local Church has been blessed through the mission and ministry of these dedicated women and men who are responding to God’s call to each of them to follow Jesus as vowed religious. As religious, their commitment to a life of prayer, lived in community and expressed through their ministry in the Church, witnesses to their response to God’s love for them. Their vowed commitment to God and service to the Church is a gift for all of us.
As we move through this Year of Consecrated Life, I invite each of you to take whatever opportunities are presented to say “thanks” to the religious who are here in our Diocese, to remember them in your prayers and to pray that other generous young people respond to God’s call to join them as religious sisters, brothers and priests.
I join my prayers with yours in thanksgiving for their lives of prayer and service and in petition that God will bless each of the religious who are part of our Diocese with gifts of grace, hope and peace as they witness to God’s great love. I ask Mary, Mother of the Church, to continue to inspire each of them as they live a life of “Yes” to God’s call.
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Bishop William Murphy
Bishop of Rockville Centre