Catholics throughout the world are encouraged to support the cloistered and monastic life on World Day of Cloistered Life, which is Monday, November 21, 2016, the Memorial of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple.“The primary purpose of World Day of Cloistered Life, traditionally known as Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”), is to support—both spiritually and materially—the gift of the cloistered contemplative life,” noted Rev. Thomas Nelson, O. Praem., National Director of the Institute on Religious Life. And as Pope Francis reminds us, “it is an opportune occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of so many people who, in monasteries and hermitages, dedicate themselves to God in prayer and in silent work.”
The nationwide effort to publicize World Day of Cloistered Life is coordinated by the Institute on Religious Life. A free packet of downloadable resources is available online at CloisteredLife.com
. Contents include a meditation, a press release, parish bulletin notices, Mass intercessions, a novena and a suggested Holy Hour format.