More than 200 religious men and women attended the Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Representatives of different orders led a candlelight procession into the shrine where Archbishop Gregory Aymond celebrated the Mass.

In the Archdiocese of New Orleans there are nearly 400 religious sisters, about 145 religious priests and nearly 70 religious brothers serving in varying ministries from contemplative life to social service.

According to Sister of Mount Carmel Sr. Beth Fitzpatrick, who serves as vicar for religious in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the theme for the Year of Consecrated Life is “Wake Up the World!”

Pope Francis declared the Year of Consecrated Life, which will be celebrated throughout the world through Feb. 2, 2016.