In every age there have been men and women called to religious life. They have helped to make our schools, neighborhoods, hospitals, parishes, and world stronger. This year of Consecrated Life is our opportunity to acknowledge what they have done and pray for their strength to carry on.
In 2013, Pope Francis announced a Year of Consecrated Life. This worldwide celebration began on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014, and will culminate on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life.
Pope John Paul II described consecrated life as “the many branches, which sinks its roots into the Gospel and brings forth abundant fruit in every season of the Church’s life.”
To help celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, Daybreak TV Productions is working with Sr. Jean Thompson OSF, Vicar for Religious of the diocese of Buffalo. Sr. Jean received a grant from the Bishop’s Council of the Laity, to produce short videos, highlighting consecrated women and men religious in the diocese of Buffalo. These vignettes will be distributed via social media and be used as part of other programs produced by Daybreak TV.
Fr. James Vacco, OFM, pastor at St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany, NY, Adjunct Faculty at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY and at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY is one of six consecrated religious, in this series of videos designed to highlight the charism of each community. Also being featured are Fr. Edward Durkin, SJ, Sr. Timothy Howard, OSP, Sr. Jenny Wilson, RSM , Sr. Jeremy Midura, CSSF and Sr. Beth Brosmer, OSF.