The Holy Father, on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, will concede plenary indulgences, with the customary conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) to all members of the institutes of consecrated life and other truly repentant faithful moved by a spirit of charity, starting from the first Sunday of Advent this year until 2 February 2016, the day of the closure of the Year of Consecrated Life. The indulgence may also be offered for departed souls in Purgatory.
During the Year of Consecrated Life, a plenary indulgence may be obtained:
In Rome, in participation in the international meetings and celebrations established in the calendar of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, and pious reflection on for a suitable period of time, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate approved form, and invocations of the Virgin Mary.
- In all the particular Churches, during the days devoted to consecrated life in the diocese (in the Diocese of Orlando, January 31st, 2015, February 2nd, 7th and 8th, 2015), and during diocesan celebrations organized for the Year of Consecrated Life (in the Diocese of Orlando by participating in the Mass for Consecrated Religious on January 31st, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe), by visiting the cathedral (in the Diocese of Orlando, Saint James Cathedral) or another sacred place designated with the consent of the Ordinary of the place (in the Diocese of Orlando, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, the Basilica of St. Paul, Daytona Beach and Mary, Mother of God Chapel at San Pedro Center, Winter Park) or a convent church or oratory of a cloistered monastery, and publicly reciting the Liturgy of the Hours or through a suitable period of time of devout reflection, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate approved form, and pious invocations of the Virgin Mary.
- Members of the Institutes of Consecrated Life who, on account of ill health or other serious reasons are prevented from visiting these sacred places, may nonetheless receive Plenary Indulgence if, completely detached from any type of sin and with the intention of being able to fulfil the three usual conditions as soon as possible, devoutly carry out the spiritual visit and offer their illness and the hardships of their life to God the merciful through Mary, with the addition of the prayers as above.
- To facilitate this access to divine grace by means of pastoral charity, the Apostolic Penitentiary Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, who signed the decree, asks that the canons, members of the Chapter, the priests of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and all others able to hear confessions offer themselves willingly and generously to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and regularly administer Holy Communion to the sick.