Cathedral filled to mark end of Year of Consecrated Life

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
15 Apr 2016

Hundreds of consecrated women and men as well as school students and members of the lay faithful gathered at St Mary's Cathedral for the annual Mass for those in Religious and Consecrated Life, which also marked the end of the Year of Consecrated Life, which concluded in February.

The Mass was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Bishop Terry Brady, and concelebrated by many priests from the religious orders which minister in Sydney.  They processed in to the Mass along with a representative from each of the religious communities present in the Archdiocese.

The Vicar for Consecrated Life, Sr Maria Casey RSJ, welcomed those gathered to the Cathedral, and Dr Elsie Heiss delivered the Welcome to Country.

Bishop Brady thanked those present for their great contribution to the Church in the Archdiocese of Sydney and beyond.  There are more than 900 Sisters, more than 200 Brothers, more than 200 Religious Priests and several members of new emerging forms of Consecrated Life within the Archdiocese.

In his homily, Bishop Brady reflected on the Gospel for the day, which told the story of Jesus, walking on the water, telling the disciples to "be not afraid."  He called those gathered to courage, and spoke about the overlap of the Year of Consecrated Life and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. 

He said that it was a very smart reminder to courageously live the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and to be people who were not afraid to open doors.

He commented that the annual Mass was not only a time to thank God for the gift of their own vocation, but to be grateful for family, friends and members of the Catholic community who assist them in their work.

Music for the Mass was provided by Choir of St Francis of Assisi, Paddington.

Following the Mass, those in Consecrated Life gathered in the St Mary's Cathedral School Hall for a celebratory lunch.