"The year of the consecrated life" began at the Vatican November 30, 2014 and ending February 2, 2016 world of consecrated life day.
On the occasion of this year devoted to the deepening of the beauty and the reality of the consecrated life in the Catholic Church, the latter published various texts - from either by the Pope or theCongregation for the institutes of consecrated life and the societies of life Apostolic - in order to feed our consecration to the service of Christ and humanity.
By clicking on the link of the World Conference of institutes secular http://www.cmis-int.org/fr/nouvelles/ accessing texts which inter alia, the papal message François for the opening of the year of the consecrated life and the apostolic letter of Pope François to all the devoted.
Congress in the context of the year of the consecrated life October 17, 2015, from 9: 00 to 5: 00 p.m. at the House of the Madonna de Trois-Rivières under the theme "Sow the joy of the Gospel". The guest speaker will be Mr. le Cardinal Gerald-Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and guarantor of the secular institutes with the CCCB. Please note that the day will end at 5:00 pm by the Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of our Lady of the Cape.
During Pentecost in the Upper Room, the apostles and their companions were surprised by the wind of the Spirit that came to awaken them from their slumber, blow away their fears and renew their inner fire. This wind of the Spirit has also been sent upon us… and I hope that the fruits will be just as abundant so as to advance on the roads of the mission.
The Church counts on us, members of Secular Institutes, to be on the first lines of New Evangelization. Be it at work or in the family, in social works or in pastoral activities, day and night we are “on a mission”, ready to give account of the hope that lives in our heart! May the Spirit give us the grace to go all the way so that Jesus be better known, loved and served!
Our vocation can resemble in a certain way this latest toy: the fidget spinner that attracts so many young people and children today. And why would it not become a tool to evangelize? We could easily use it next Sunday on the feast of the Holy Trinity to show how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one, united to work together, and show how one counts on the other to maintain balance in love. We could explain how faith, hope and charity are intimately joined together to transform the world. So many options are available to us…
But this toy could also be a tool to explain our secular consecrated vocation. For it to work, we have to hold it in the centre and make it turn. Isn’t that what happened to us when Jesus to hold of us? He gave direction to our life and allows us to go forward with the force of his love. And the three equal parts are the image of the three aspects of our vocation in a secular institute: consecration, secularity and apostolate (or mission)! If we take away one of these aspects, it’s impossible to advance on the journey to say “yes” to Christ..
I have just learned a few moments ago the passing of Miss Jacqueline Morin, foundress of the Company of St Ursula Secular Institute in Canada. Throughout her life, she was a hands-on woman who worked with strength and ardour for the recognition of the secular consecrated vocation. She was also involved for many years at the Canadian Conference of Secular Institutes, and especially on the board of directors. On behalf of the board of directors of the CCSI and all secular institute members present in Canada, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Miss Thérèse Bolduc and the members of the Company of St Ursula. May God who’s name is Mercy reserve for Jacqueline a place of honour at the eternal banquet table.
In the coming weeks, you will receive an invitation letter with details for registration to the national congress of the Canadian Conference of Secular Institutes. Please advise your members to already reserve this date! We will get back to you in August with more details.
National Congress 2017
Canadian Conference of Secular Institutes
“Go out! It’s our time…”
When: Saturday, September 16th 2017, from 9 am to 5 pm
Where: La Madone, Trois-Rivières
Invited Speaker: His Eminence Cardinal Gérald C. Lacroix
Summer is almost upon us and it will soon be time for vacations! May the Lord be present in all our encounters and outings… Hope to see you very soon! United in the mission!
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