On October 11, 2012, the Church began the Year of Faith,
coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. In his announcement, Pope Benedict urged that the Faith “be confirmed, understood and explored ever anew, so as to bear consistent witness in historical circumstances very different from those of the past.”
The Institute on Religious Life’s Heralds of Holiness exhibit is a perfect tool to reintroduce a whole new generation to the richness, history, mission and relevance of the religious life. It is indeed alive and well today!
The exhibit’s purpose is to attract vocations to a way of life that is absolutely vital to the life of the Church. It’s also to enlist the prayers and support of the laity who owe so much to the religious men and women who selflessly promote the evangelization efforts of the Church.
“We cannot accept that the salt should become tasteless or the light be kept hidden,” says Pope Benedict.
We must have the visible witness of religious if we are to evangelize our culture!
Heralds of Holiness is series of beautiful panels depicting the consecrated life throughout the Church’s first two millennia and today. It celebrates the great spiritual traditions and saintly founders and foundresses, and the many expressions today of the consecrated life: monastic life, missionaries, the military orders and much more! Franciscans, Dominicans, Benedictines, Carmelites, Trappists, Poor Clares and other great families of religious life are still working in the Lord’s vineyard.
You might be surprised to see, too, how many new institutes of consecrated life today are responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. God is still at work in His Church!
The entire exhibit consists of almost 80 panels but can be customized to suit the needs of your diocese, parish or school. Included are setup instructions, prayer cards for vocations, and “scavenger hunt” questions to add interactivity for youth or adults.
For a downloadable flyer, click here.
For sample panels, click on the links below and set the resolution in your .pdf viewer at 100% to get a sense of the actual 2.25' x 3.25' size panel size:
To schedule the Heralds of Holiness exhibit in your area, just contact the Institute on Religious Life at
(847) 573-8975 or IRLstaff@religiouslife.com.