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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day & World Day for Consecrated Life

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

Pope Francis, this past Wednesday, asked people to pray for all those in Religious and Consecrated Life, who have been called to profess the evangelical counsels.

He was speaking on Wednesday during his General Audience, in anticipation of Thursday’s celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which as we stated, is also the World Day of Consecrated Life.

“I ask you to pray for the priests, sisters, and brothers belonging to contemplative and apostolic Religious Institutes,” Pope Francis said. “Their life dedicated to the Lord, and their charismatic service, will bear abundant fruit for the good of the faithful, and for the evangelizing mission of the Church.”

The Holy Father asked the faithful to pray that “through their witness of life, they may radiate to the world the love of Christ and the grace of the Gospel.”

Here, in the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have more than 900 religious men and women from about 100 different congregations serving in the Archdiocese. The World Day for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.


Cardinal Thomas Collins to meet with media Friday as Pope Francis releases papal document on the family

TORONTO (April 7, 2016) On Friday, April 8, 2016, the Vatican will release Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation (papal document to the global church), “Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family”, bringing together the results of two recent Synods on the family convoked by the Holy Father in 2014 and 2015. To help provide context to this important document and recognizing the many pastoral challenges facing the family today, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and a panel (including theologians and a married couple) will meet with the media to answer questions and offer brief reflections on Amoris Laetitia.
What: Media availability with Cardinal Collins and panel to discuss Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family.”
When: Friday, April 8, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Catholic Pastoral Centre 1155 Yonge St. (at Shaftesbury Ave.)
Who: Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. Cardinal Collins participated in the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome.
Dr. Moira McQueen – Moral Theologian and Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Dr. McQueen participated in the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome.
Dr. Josephine Lombardi – Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Dr. Lombardi has many years of pastoral experience working in parishes and schools.
Randy & Anna Boyagoda – Dr. Randy Boyagoda is a professor at Ryerson University and writes frequently about religion, politics, and culture. Dr. Anna Boyagoda directs the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Randy & Anna have four children, ages 3-10.
The discussion with the media will be live-streamed at: http://bit.ly/archtoronto-ustream.
Additional resources can be found at: http://www.archtoronto.org/synod
The Archdiocese of Toronto is Canada’s largest diocese, stretching from Toronto north to Georgian Bay and from Oshawa to Mississauga. It is home to 1.9 million Catholics and 225 churches, with Mass celebrated in more than 30 languages each week.