Recoletos join World Meeting of Young Consecrated Persons in Rome

17 Sep 2015 Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron, OAR
Fr. General and Fr. Vicar General with the young religious Fr. General and Fr. Vicar General with the young religious © photo courtesy of Fray Persiuz, OAR

VATICAN CITY – The World Meeting for Young Consecrated Men and Women formally opened on September 15, 2015. An estimated crowd of 3,000 were received in the Vatican Square by His Eminence Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The first night was highlighted by a prayer vigil led by Msgr. José Rodríguez Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation, and the Taizé Community of France who ushered the faithful in prayer and meditation through Taizé-inspired chants.

During the vigil, Pope Francis’ Message on the occasion of the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life was read before the gathering: “In convening this Year of Consecrated Life, fifty years after the promulgation of the conciliar decree Perfectae Caritatis on the renewal of religious life, I desire to re-propose before the whole church the beauty and preciousness of this peculiar form of sequela Christi , represented by all of you who have decided to leave everything to imitate Christ more closely by profession of the evangelical counsels”.

The brothers of the Order of Augustinian Recollects were among the throng who congregated enthusiastically for this event. Around thirty Recoletos friars together with the Prior General, Fray Miguel Miró Miró, OAR were in attendance. Each of the eight provinces of the Order was represented. The Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno was represented by three young friars who are currently studying in Rome: Frays Persiuz Joseph Decena, James Castelo, and Ralph Laureen Ciceron.

The theme for the said event “Wake up the World” is inspired by the Gospel of Mark 3:13 which states: “He called those whom he desired and they came to him”.

The gathering, which will run from September 15 to 19 was set to inspire the young religious to appreciate better their specific vocation and be inflamed in their prophetic witness especially to those in the peripheries.

© following photos courtesy of Fray Persiuz, OAR

© following photos courtesy of Fray Ralph, OAR

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