Large gathering launches Year of Consecrated Life in Dublin

Congregation called to use their ‘unique’ gifts to help communities


A gathering of up to 1,000 religious priests, nuns and brothers joined Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for a prayer service in St Pius X Church in Dublin to launch the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life.

Archbishop Martin told the congregation that as individuals and as communities, they bring something unique to the Church and to the world “which is needed more than ever”.

Archbishop Martin suggested that every parish in the diocese should invite a religious to Sunday Mass each week during the course of the special year, to be thanked by the people of the parish.

Nothing to offer

“You are more than welcome to help in the parish – do not think that you have nothing to offer – you really do,” he said.

The Year for Consecrated Life will see another large gathering of religious in Dublin in February 2015 for the celebration of the feast day.