A Committee of Religious, Laity and Clergy planned events to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to celebrate not only the uniqueness of consecrated life, but also the many ways in which we partner with the faithful in expressing our common call of baptism.
Here’s a list of the the events that marked the year of celebration began on the first Sunday of Advent in 2014:
- Bishop Patrick J. McGrath invited the faithful to renew their common call at baptism and to join Religious in thanksgiving for their call to the vowed life.
- Faith Formation Conference: A panel of Religious and Associates partnered in sharing how we bring the Good News of compassion to a fragmented world
- Catholic Community Foundation: Highlighted the social imprint of outreach in the Diocese of San Jose and the role of Religious in this endeavor.
- Santa Clara University and the Diocese of San Jose co-sponsored a presentation by Simone Campbell SSS, title A View from the Bus: Reflecting on the Axles of Faith & Justice.
- SCU Lecture Series: A special invitation was extended to Religious to attend: James Martin, S.J. Encountering Jesus: Who Do You Say That I Am; John O’Malley, S.J. Looking at Vatican II With Pope Francis’ Eyes: Leadership & Spirituality
- Bishop McGrath, Rabbi Dana Magat & Abraham Skorka, on Interreligious Dialogue: Building Relationships as Persons
- Department of Education: Story Behind the Statue- Faculties set about how to reconnect and educate parents and children on the founding Religious communities that staffed schools in the Diocese
- Young Adults: Discernment Retreat: co-sponsored by Offices of Religious & Hispanic Ministry on how to make meaningful life choices. Hikes-Religious were invited to join young adults to get to know them in a leisurely atmosphere.
- Saint Patrick’s Seminary: Hosted a panel of Religious to speak on the topic of Religious Life, followed by small group discussion with seminarians
Our prophetic witness continues to engage us in gratefully remembering the past; embracing the future and living the present passionately. Not an end but a new beginning!