Church Observes Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons

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Church Observes Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons


By Christina Hermoso and Samuel Medenilla

The Archdiocese of Manila led the opening celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons yesterday, Nov. 30, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

The event also served as the archdiocese's culminating activity for the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities. The closing of the Year of the Parish and the opening of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons are part of the nine-year spiritual journey for the new evangelization declared by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines that will culminate on March 16, 2021, the fifth centenary of the coming of Christianity in the Philippines.

With the theme "Renewed Servant Leaders for the New Evangelization," the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons is the sixth of the nine-year spiritual journey. The year-long observance will officially begin on December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, and will close on Nov. 25, 2018, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

"The year 2021 is an important milestone for the CatholicChurch in the Philippines. Through our radio and social media,those who wish to join the opening of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Person but are unable to do so in person will be able to take part, and together with our priests and consecrated persons be recipients and active agents of new evangelization," said Radio Veritas president Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual.

'Rise above the dismal shadows'

CBCP president Romulo Valles, in his statement for the CBCP Pastoral Exhortation for the Opening of the 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, urged the clergy and consecrated persons to rise above the "dismal shadows" shrouding their ranks.

"Some get entangled in their concern for material possessions, in their need for pleasures and in their desire for power. …

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