Vatican City, 2 February 2016 (VIS) – The following are extensive
extracts of the Holy Father's extemporaneous address to the participants
in the Jubilee of Consecrated Life, which took place yesterday in the
Paul VI Hall. This afternoon in St. Peter's Basilica he will celebrate
the Mass to conclude the Year of Consecrated Life.
The Year of Mercy was officially launched by Pope Francis on December 8, 2015 as the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Father opened this year-long celebration by opening the "holy door" of St. Peter's Basilica. The event was reported by BBC News and you can read their news coverage HERE.
To honor this event, the Diocese of Albany, New York designated Saint Teresa's Motherhouse, home of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, to be a pilgrim shrine. The "Holy Door" was blessed by Fr. Gavin, OFM with the Carmelite Sisters present.
The following are different listings of the designated "Holy Door" according to State locations:
City, 5 September 2013 (VIS) The Holy Father Francis sent a message
to Fr. Fernando Millan Romeral, Prior General of the Order of
Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, on the occasion
of the celebration of the General Chapter.
offered some words of encouragement and hope to all the members of
the Order and suggested three elements that may guide them “in the
full realisation” of their vocation: “allegiance to Christ,
prayer and mission”.