The Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life on Friday, Feb. 2, and in parishes during the weekend of Feb. 3-4.
“This day gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and pray for all those women and men who have given their lives to the Lord,” said Nazia Shafi, coordinator of women religious in the diocese.
Consecrated men and women profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and are called to give their lives to God.
“Those in consecrated life are a blessing to the Church and offer a witness to the joy of God’s kingdom,” said Bishop Barry C. Knestout.
The bishop will celebrate Mass in observance of the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life on Sunday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond.
Shafi said there are more than 100 women religious in the Diocese of Richmond, representing nearly 20 communities of consecrated life. She explained that the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life was instituted by Pope St. John Paul II in 1997.
“We are grateful for their commitment to consecrated life and their willingness to accept and respond to God’s call,” said Shafi.