|His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Arhbishop of Colombo, declared "THE YEAR OF FAMILY & CONSECRATED LIFE " commencing from 30th November 2014 to November 2015.
The Proclamation was made by HIs Eminence Cardinal Malcolm on 30th Nov. 2014, on the Solemnity of the Christ the King, at St. Lucia's Cathedral, Kotahena, Colombo 13.
In the circular issued by His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm says, "
The Holy Father Pope Francis being conscious of this worldwide trend has declared a special year universally on consecrated life from the 30th November 2014 to the 2nd February 2016. The Archdiocese of Colombo, therefore, considering the urgency and the importance of a renewal of all its Catholic families to that call of love, communion and holiness and as a way to get the Catholic families to re-build their commitment to live sacramentally such virtues and thereby to become schools of vocation to a profounder commitment to God for their children, declares that the next Liturgical year, starting from the first Sunday in advent, which is the 30th November 2014 and ending on the 2nd February 2016, as decreed by the Supreme Shepherd, be an year consecrated to the theme:
Consecrated life: responding to the call to holiness in the family – “that they may have life and life to the full” [Jn. 10:10].
Thus the call of the universal shepherd will be harmonized with an urgent need of the local church in the Archdiocese for a commitment to family renewal. ”.