Living Witnesses

In what was perhaps his strongest words yet on vocations, Pope Francis, at an audience with religious sisters and brothers at the conclusion of the Year for Consecrated Life, said, “Why is the womb of consecrated life becoming so sterile?… Some congregations experiment with ‘artificial insemination’… What do they do?… They welcome … ‘Yes come, […]

Vatican Calls for ‘Equal Dignity’ for Brothers

To help appreciate and better promote the vocation of religious brothers, the Vatican released a 50-page reflection in five languages on Dec. 14 on the importance of their life and mission of evangelization, fraternity and sacrifice.

Secular Institutes Celebrate Gift of Consecrated Life

Earlier this fall, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio invited members of the secular institutes in the diocese to the Chancery Office for a special liturgy and luncheon to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. Among those present were the Apostolic Oblates, Blessed Trinity Missionary Institute, Caritas Christi, Don Bosco Volunteers, Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ and Voluntas Dei.

Men Religious Commit to Cherish Creation

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men overwhelmingly passed a resolution committing to “a deeper engagement” to protect the earth and “cherish all creation” during its annual assembly in Charlotte, N.C., this month.

Photos: Diocese Honors Sister-Jubilarians

Religious Sisters from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens celebrated their anniversaries of religious life at a Jubilee Mass and dinner with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston on Sunday, May 31.

Religious Serve With the Heart of Jesus

These are the remarks of Sister Maryann Seton Lopiccolo, S.C., the Episcopal Delegate for Religious, at this year’s Sisters’ and Brothers’ Jubilee celebration.

Religious Are Seen as Messengers of Hope

By Laura Dodson ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) – “Where are you all from?” Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, himself from Ireland asked the religious sisters, brothers, priests and the more than 500 people gathered to celebrate the gift of consecrated life. Salesians, LaSalettes, Carmelites, Franciscans and Salvatorians, members of the Mercy, Precious Blood and Blessed […]

Visitation Sisters Host Artworks to Pray By

Visually telling the story of a great community of women is what artist Anne Goetze aims to do in her body of work, “Pray to Love: The Annecy France Nun Series,” currently on display at Visitation Monastery and Academy in Bay Ridge. The Visitation Sisters of Brooklyn are hosting the exhibit in celebration of both […]