Cubao celebrates World Day of Consecrated Life

It was in 1997 when Pope Saint 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 2nd. 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. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

The Diocese of Cubao is known to have the largest number of religious congregations residing within its ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In summary, there are a total of 42 male congregations and 89 female congregations present in the Diocese of Cubao.

In celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the Dominican Studentate of the Santo Domingo Convent, headed by the Pagtugon Sa Tawag Apostolic Group, has organized a Youth Jam last February 3, 2018, at the UST-Angelicum College Gymnasium. Then, the diocesan celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life was held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, hosted by Carmelite friars.

Three provincial superiors joined Bishop Honesto Ongtioco at the Mass at the Mt. Carmel Shrine: Father Napoleon Sipalay of the Dominicans, Father Jun Viray of the Jesuits, and Father Eugene Lopez of the Franciscan Capuchins. There were also 47 priests and 7 deacons who concelebrated in the Mass.

After the Mass, a short program was held, thanking God for the gift of the presence of various religious congregations serving in several institutions within the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Cubao.