© Aid to the Church in Need
Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada
Translation by Amanda Bridget Griffin
Montreal, Tuesday February 2, 2015 – While we are today highlighting the World Day of Consecrated life, a Mass is being celebrated at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican giving homage to all who have chosen the religious life, and all those who are consecrated to religious life. Last November 2013, Pope Francis announced that 2015 would be the Year of Consecrated Life. The year officially began November 30, 2014, the first Sunday in Advent and will come to an end February 2, 2016 on the official World Day of Consecrated Life.
The Pontiff, meeting with the members of the International Union of Superiors General in Rome. Before thanking them warmly for what they bear witness to – he spoke to them these words spoken by Jesus to the apostles during the Last Supper: “ You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16) and thus reminding them that vocation is always ‘God’s Initiative.’
Inspired by these words spoken by Pope Francis, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada decided to write a book entitled God’s Initiative – Stories of Exceptional Religious Sisters (Une initiative de Dieu – histories de religieuses exceptionnelles.)) This volume of about 60 pages which is due to be available in spring 2015, will retrace the history of 13 religious Sisters from every continent – the heights of their work – incomparable. To reserve a copy of this work, please call (514) 932-0552 ext 226.
Additionally, please note that you will also be able to listen to an interview (in French) of one of these exceptional Sisters – Maria Elena Diaz – who works in Honduras. The interview will air on Vues d’ailleurs, animated by Mario Bard and broadcast on Radio VM (91.3 FM in Montreal), Wednesday February 11, 2015.
ACN produced a similar book in 2010 centered on the lives of priests in a volume entitled – Heroic Priests.