In addition to observing the feast of the Immaculate Conception, men and women religious in the Diocese of Rockville Centre gathered for Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral December 8th to mark the ongoing Year of Consecrated Life and to celebrate the opening of the Year of Mercy.  (CNS photos/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Above, Members of the Missionary Sisters of St. Benedict pray during  the Mass.  Below, Capuchin Franciscan Father William Winters proclaims the Gospel.

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Below, Sister Dolores Wisniewski, president of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus, places a rose into a vase at the foot of a statue of Mary at the beginning of Mass.

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