World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
Begun in 1997 by Pope John Paul II, the World Day for Consecrated Life was intended to serve three purposes
• to praise the Lord and thank him for the great gift of consecrated life
• to promote a knowledge of and esteem for the consecrated life by the entire People of God
• to allow those in consecrated life to celebrate together the marvels which the Lord has accomplished in them, to discover by a more illumined faith the rays of divine beauty spread by the Spirit in their way of life and to acquire a more vivid consciousness of their irreplaceable mission in the Church and in the world
It serves an opportunity to highlight the extraordinary contributions of men and women religious as well as a time to pray for vocations to the consecrated life.