"Consecrated persons are a sign of God in the different spheres of life, they are the leaven for the growth of a just and fraternal society, they are a prophecy of sharing with the little ones and the poor. Thus understood and lived, the consecrated life appears to us as it really is: a gift of God, a gift of God to the Church, a gift of God to his People! Every consecrated person is a gift for the People of God on its journey."
(Pope Francis, 2 February 2014, Angelus, on Day of Consecrated Life)
As the Lord has been deepening the call of the ICPE Mission to cast out into the deep, some of the ICPE missionaries have responded to the Lord, in a particular way, by consecrating themselves totally to Him.
Whilst every Christian is consecrated to the Lord through our baptism, “in the consecrated life, Christ's faithful, moved by the Holy Spirit, propose to follow Christ more nearly, to give themselves to God who is loved above all and, pursuing the perfection of charity in the service of the Kingdom, to signify and proclaim in the Church the glory of the world to come". (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #916)
Through their consecration, the consecrated ICPE missionaries have chosen, by living the way of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, to belong to God in a total and exclusive way. In this way, the consecrated ICPE missionaries desire to love and follow Christ more intimately, and that, "totally consecrated to God, they are totally given to their brothers and sisters, to bring the light of Christ where the darkness is the most impenetrable and spread hope to discouraged hearts" (Pope Francis). They are called to be a prophetic witness of the union with God and a sign that only Christ can satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart.
As the ICPE Mission is not a religious institute, the consecrated ICPE missionaries do not take religious vows but make private promises to live the evangelical counsels within the spirituality of the ICPE Mission and to pursue its apostolic purpose .
Since 2015 is dedicated as the Year of Consecrated Life, it will be a year in which the ICPE Mission will celebrate and thank the Lord for the gift of consecrated life in the ICPE Mission. During this year, the consecrated ICPE missionaries will also be praying and reflecting to respond more deeply to the Lord's gift in their lives and the ICPE Mission.
For further information on the consecrated life of the ICPE Mission you can contact Esther Fong. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Day for Consecrated Life
Celebrated in Parishes February 7-8, 2015
In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2. This feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. (http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/consecrated-life/world-day-for-consecrated-life.cfm)
I want to say one word to you and this word is “joy”. Wherever there are consecrated people, seminarians, men and women religious, young people, there is joy, there is always joy! It is the joy of freshness, the joy of following Jesus; the joy that the Holy Spirit gives us, not the joy of the world. There is joy! but – where is joy born? Joy is born from the gratuitousness of an encounter! Pope Francis