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Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:19

Cathedral Mass marks start of the Year of Consecrated Life in Archdiocese

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ycl150Catholic Communications features the much anticipated Mass of the Archdiocese of Sydney to herald the start of the Year of Consecrated Life and honours the diversity of mission and membership of Australian religious.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher op celebrated the Inaugural Mass of the Year of Consecrated Life on 6 December 2014 which began last Sunday, the first day of Advent.

"As I begin my ministry as Archbishop of Sydney and conscious of the great gifts that are given to the Church by consecrated men and women, I am delighted to be able to celebrate the inaugural Mass tomorrow and give thanks to them for their service and dedication to the Archdiocese," the Archbishop said.

While the inaugural Mass will give Sydney's consecrated men and women a chance for reflection and to give thanks to God, Sister Maria Casey rsj, the Archdiocese of Sydney's Vicar for Consecrated Life, said the inaugural mass is also an "opportunity for us to welcome our new Archbishop."

In welcoming the Pope's initiative in celebrating consecrated life, President of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) Sr Berneice Loch rsm hopes the Year of Consecrated Life will lead to new interest in the many forms of consecrated life in the church.

"I also hope for a renewed understanding of where religious life fits within the full spectrum of ways in which all the baptised live out their baptismal commitment," said Sr Berneice.

Director of Catholic Religious Australia, Sr Leone Wittmack rsc, ashared these hopes and said the year provides a great opportunity for all of us to really reflect personally on how we walk this earth, and to reflect on our commitment to walk with those people experiencing poverty and marginalisation.

"Pope Francis is a wonderful model for all of us," she said.

Sr Leone also believes the Year for Consecrated Life will enable many priests, brothers and sisters to move outside their own Orders and Congregations to be enriched by the wide range of religious orders and communities in Australia, and the diverse spectrum of different nationalities and cultures among our religious men and women.

Read the full story in the Latest News section of the Archdiocese of Sydney website.