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Talks to focus on renewal of religious life

During the Year of Consecrated Life, the Archdiocese of Denver will host a special lecture series on the renewal of religious life.

Starting Feb. 24, Sister Esther Mary Nickel, a Sister of Mercy of Alma, Mich., will give talks on the Second Vatican Council’s “Perfectae Caritatis,” or the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life. The decree was proclaimed by Pope Paul VI in October 1965 and includes principles for renewing religious life.

“We’ll go back and look at what the Second Vatican Council gave us,” Sister Nickel told the Denver Catholic. “For religious, it’s a call to wake up the world for joy. We are to be a witness to the hope and mercy of Christ.”

Sister Nickel, who is a professor at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, will give the first talk 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Bonfils Hall at 1300 S. Steele St. in Denver. The following lectures are scheduled for 7 p.m. March 25 and 7 p.m. April 30 at the same location.

This series, as part of many events to be held during the Year of Consecrated Life, is also meant to give laity an opportunity to reflect on their call to holiness.

The year continues through Feb. 2, 2016.

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