Recognition and prayer for religious sisters
The Pope’s Video of February 2022 and the World Day of Consecrated Life
On 2 February, the Catholic Church celebrates the
World Day for Consecrated Life. It provides an opportunity to recognise the
commitment of all the consecrated women and men religious and the many consecrated
lay persons, both within the Church and in the world at large. By their choice
of life, these women and men - members of religious, monastic, or contemplative
institutes as well as institutes of apostolic life - seek to follow Jesus by
dedicating their whole life to his salvific mission.
For the month of February, Pope Francis, through his Worldwide Prayer Network, invites us to pray “for religious and
consecrated women”. The Holy Father asks, “What would the Church be without religious
and consecrated women? We cannot understand the Church without them.”
Pope Francis urges us to pray to support these women,
especially in their work with the poor and the marginalized. More broadly, he
asks us to pray also that they may manifest the beauty of God’s love and
compassion in all that they do, whether they are catechists, theologians or
With typical frankness, Francis added that religious
women should put up a fight when they are treated unjustly within the Church or
when they are reduced to a state of servitude, sometimes by men of the clerical
By living their vocation faithfully, they will
continue to make God’s goodness known not only in their apostolic works, but most
especially through the testimony of their consecrated lives.
There are no Jesuit nuns, but among the more than
1,900 congregations of religious women, comprising about 630,000 women, several
have chosen to be guided by the Constitutions
of the Society of Jesus and by the Ignatian tradition. Following their own
charisms, they can certainly inspire Jesuits and members of the Ignatian
family, especially in the way they live the preferential option for the poor.
the Pope’s video, and listen to his message. Let yourself be touched by the images
that show religious women all over the world, accompanying indigenous peoples,
working with street children, serving in health clinics, and helping victims of
human trafficking, as well as teaching in universities and participating in
international meetings on environmental protection.