Gathering for celebration
St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown holding prayer service on Feb. 2 to celebrate World Day of Consecrated Life
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: email@example.com.
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.