Gath­er­ing for cel­e­bra­tion

St. Dun­stan’s Basil­ica in Char­lot­te­town hold­ing prayer ser­vice on Feb. 2 to cel­e­brate World Day of Con­se­crated Life

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION -

Tues­day, Feb. 2, is the World Day of Con­se­crated Life. It is also of­fi­cially the end of the Year of Con­se­crated Life that Pope Fran­cis had an­nounced and had com­menced on Nov. 30, 2014. In cel­e­bra­tion of th­ese ded­i­cated religious men and women, there will be a solemn evening prayer ser­vice at St. Dun­stan’s Basil­ica in Char­lot­te­town at 7 p.m.

Father John Molina, chan­cel­lor of the dio­cese, says the past year has been a pe­riod of thanks­giv­ing for the religious women and men who have served so faith­fully in the Dio­cese of Char­lot­te­town.

"We have been blessed by their col­lec­tive ded­i­cated ser­vice which has en­riched our com­mu­ni­ties in the ar­eas of education, health and so­cial ser­vices, and in pas­toral min­istry," said Molina.

For more than 150 years, the Sis­ters of Notre Dame, and for ap­prox­i­mately 100 years the Sis­ters of St. Martha, and for al­most 85 years the Pre­cious Blood Sis­ters have served the Is­land in a va­ri­ety of ca­pac­i­ties.

Sim­i­larly, the Redemp­torist fa­thers for more than 45 years and more re­cently other men’s religious (Carmelites, Nor­betines, and Mis­sion­ary Priests of Christ) have pro­vided a num­ber of our Ro­man Catholic parish com­mu­ni­ties with priestly min­istry.

All are wel­come to the evening of prayer.

"There will also be an op­por­tu­nity dur­ing the evening for a Sis­ter of the Con­gre­ga­tion of Notre Dame and the Sis­ters of St. Martha to share their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences in their di­verse min­istries," said Father Floyd Gal­lant, rec­tor of St. Dun­stan’s Basil­ica.

A re­cep­tion will fol­low in the base­ment of the Basil­ica.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Dio­cese of Char­lot­te­town at 902-368-8005 or via email at: rc@dio­ce­se­ofchar­lot­te­town.com.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

St. Dun­stan’s Basil­ica in Char­lot­te­town will hold a solemn evening of prayer on Tues­day, Feb. 2, to cel­e­brate the World Day of Con­se­crated Life. Tak­ing part are, from left, Father Isaac Chack­ala­parampil, Carmelites of Mary Im­mac­u­late, Sis­ter Rose­mary MacDon­ald, Sis­ters of St. Martha, and Sis­ter Joan Marie Chais­son, Con­gre­ga­tion of Notre Dame.

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