YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
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C.S.C. is executive director of
the National Religious Vocation
also serves on
Council for the
Moreau Province of Holy
and was vocation director for
Among the lights and shadows:
The mood of Catholics around consecrated life
BY THE VISION EDITORS WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY BROTHER PAUL BEDNARCZYK, C.S.C.
S THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH commences upon a year-long celebra-
tion of consecrated life, it is heartening to know that the enduring
values of this unique form of Christian discipleship remain relevant
and appreciated by contemporary Catholics.
In a survey of a broad spectrum of Catholics conducted by the editors of
VISION, 94 percent offered a thumbs up to their positive experience with men
and women in consecrated life, even among the under- 30 set who have grown
up in the wake of church scandals and in a time when men and women in consecrated life are not as visible in schools or parish life as they once were.
It is not surprising that respondents found communal aspects of prayer,
mission, and service as being most attractive about a religious vocation, just as
newer entrants in the 2009 NRVC/CARA Study on Recent Vocation to Religious
Life attributed these same values to the origins of their own vocations.
Deepening one’s prayer life through active participation in the sacraments
and periodic retreats were also identified as being most helpful in enhancing an
appreciation for the vowed life.
What is most encouraging is that more than 70 percent of the survey par-
ticipants have invited someone to consider religious life. Ideally the promotion
of vocations is the responsibility of the entire church, not only of the clergy or
Pope Francis promulgated the Year of Consecrated Life to raise the church’s
awareness about the importance of this unique vocation within the communion
of vocation we all share as baptized Christians. What a gift and blessing for the