Bishop John Noonan will celebrate the first Diocesan-wide Mass for secular order communities and all are invited to join in this celebration on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at St. James Cathedral, 215 North Orange Avenue. These Secular Orders include Secular Franciscans, Lay Carmelites, Secular Discalced Carmelites and Secular Servants of Mary.
Following the Mass, all are invited to a Public Witness by representatives of each of the four Secular Orders to learn about their particular charisms. A reception will follow with light refreshments in the Social Hall.
This Mass is an opportunity for Bishop Noonan to celebrate his pastoral bond with members of the Secular Orders within the Diocese of Orlando. These Catholic Christians are primarily lay women and men seeking Christian perfection in their particular state of life. They embrace lifetime promises and profess a Rule of Life in close fraternal bonds with Religious Orders. Collectively, they share commitments to lives of prayer and witness, continuing Catholic Christian faith formation and devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. Certain charisms – principles of Christian life and gifts from God – infuse their personal and communal lives. Among these charisms are compassion, hospitality, poverty, contemplation and zeal.