World Day of Consecrated Life

In his message for the First World Day of Consecrated Life, Pope John Paul II explained that the day has three purposes. First, it allows the entire Church to thank God for the great gift of consecrated life, by which all members of the Christian community benefit. Second, the day is intended to promote a knowledge of, and esteem for, the consecrated life by the entire People of God. Third, it allows the consecrated persons themselves to celebrate what God has accomplished in and through them, to return to the sources of their vocation, to take stock of their lives and to re-confirm the commitment of their consecration.