Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are participating in a new collaborative effort to inform the public about religious life, to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. Our efforts are being funneled into a Web site, www.wakeuptogod.org.
The Web site features 25 religious communities of men and women. Included are photo galleries and links to each participating community, personal stories and photos of men and women religious whom visitors can “meet,” a listing of events being held within the communities, and general information about consecrated life and religious orders.
Also included on the site is a blog, where men and women religious submit posts on relevant topics such as discussion of their community’s charism, how they were called to religious life, how men and women religious help the poor and marginalized today through various religious ministries, how different religious orders complement each other, historical topics, conversations about events within the Liturgical Year, discussions about Saints, dialogue about how religious life has evolved and where it is heading, reflections on world events, and much more. The blog is open to submissions from any men or women religious, so if you are interested in submitting a blog post, please contact your communicator name here.
The Year of Consecrated Life will officially begin on November 30, 2014 and go through February 2, 2016. With the theme of “Wake Up the World!” – inspired by Pope Francis’ call to action to men and women religious, the Year of Consecrated Life focuses on renewal for men and women in consecrated life, thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests and nuns, and an invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation.
We are excited to be a part of this collaborative effort to promote religious life. “Wake up to God” efforts can also be viewed on our group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wakeuptogod, YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/wakeuptogod, and Flickr photostream at www.flickr.com/photos/wakeuptogod.