Twenty-five religious communities joined Archbishop Joseph Kurtz at Assumption Cathedral for the celebration of religious life. A participant from each community carried a symbol reflecting their vows and charism. Friar Jim Kent, Minister Provincial, carried a 3-knotted cord for the Conventual Franciscan Friars representing the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Archbishop Kurtz preached about the need for strong witnesses that live the gospel life. St. Catherine of Sienna wrote, "Be who God meant you to be and set the world on fire!"
Many Friars from the Province of Our Lady of Consolation were in attendance. Friar Ken Bartsch read the petitions. Friar David Lenz was a hospitality minister. Friars Maurice Hayes, Don Halpin, Simon Sauer, and four men discerning the Franciscan life were also in attendance.