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Called and sent to the mission: pastoral letter

Cardinal Tempesta launches a pastoral letter for the Missionary Vocation Year. “I ask God that our Pastoral Letter be an incentive for everyone to feel invited and called to live the mission with great enthusiasm, in different pastoral situations, regardless of the vocation to which they were called”.

Carlos Moioli – Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro

“Vocated and sent to the mission” is the motto of the Pastoral Letter for the “Missionary Vocational Year” published by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, during the 10th Festival of Unity, held at the Metropolitan Cathedral of São Sebastião, in the Last November 26th.

Idealized by the archbishop himself based on his episcopal motto “May all be one”, the Feast of Unity always takes place on the last day of the liturgical year, and aims to celebrate archdiocesan unity with one heart and one soul, walking together , in the time of a synodal Church, for the building up of the body of Christ which is the Church.

In the Pastoral Letter, Bishop Orani contemplates important dates for the Church called by Pope Francis, such as the Synod of Bishops on Synodality (which will be held in two parts: 2023 and 2024), the Holy Year in 2025, the jubilee of the Second Vatican Council (2023 ), the Year of Prayer (2024) and, in a special way, the Vocational Missionary Year in the archdiocese, in which he invites the clergy, consecrated persons, seminarians, lay people and the people of God to live the missionary life with intensity.


Delivery of the pastoral letter





Delivery of the pastoral letter

“I ask God that our Pastoral Letter be an incentive for everyone to feel invited and called to live the mission with great enthusiasm, in different pastoral situations, regardless of the vocation to which they have been called. Of valuing and accepting one another, in the quest to be transparent and animated in our journey, as people of God. To bring the good news of salvation, life and hope to the hearts of people, often tired and discouraged by so much pain and suffering”, highlighted the archbishop.

Vocational Year

The Pastoral Letter contemplates the 3rd Vocational Year of the Church in Brazil, which will be celebrated from November 20, 2022 to November 26, 2023, which has as its theme “Vocation: grace and mission” and the motto: “Burning hearts, feet to way” (Lk 24, 32-33).

Missionary Vocation Year

Along with the Vocational Year in Brazil, the Church in Rio de Janeiro experiences, in the same period, the Missionary Year, within the proposals of the 13th Joint Pastoral Plan of the archdiocese. The two events were opened by Dom Orani on the eve of the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 19, at the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer, on Corcovado, with the presence of formators and those with vocations from the archdiocese.

To live the vocation and the mission and to be signs of unity in society, as Bishop Orani highlighted, Christians must live communion in the same faith, in the same baptism, in the same journey as the People of God.

“Vocation is grace, for it is the Lord who walks with us and makes our hearts burn for the mission. May He make our hearts fruitful so that we can take steps, set out on the journey, and live the call with enthusiasm, the Christian life in all vocations”, he said.

Celebration at Christ the Redeemer


Celebration at Christ the Redeemer





Celebration at Christ the Redeemer

missionary vocation

On the occasion of the opening of the events, contemplated in the Pastoral Letter, Bishop Orani invited everyone to joyfully live the vocation to which he was called, in the certainty that it is a gift, a grace from the Lord.

“We don’t deserve it, but the Lord is the one who calls us to be Christians, and as baptized persons, to take steps in the Christian life within the various types of vocations. It is the Lord who calls, and puts in the heart the restlessness of serving the Kingdom of God. Each one is called to discern the surrender of life to the Lord,” he said.

“We need to be missionaries. Without a doubt, our vocation is missionary. When the Lord speaks to our heart it burns, and we are impelled to set out on the journey and announce it to our brothers and sisters. All vocations are called to this, especially that of the ordained ministry. Missionary life is essential to the Church. Either we are missionaries, or we are not the Church. We are missionaries to testify in whom we believe, that Jesus Christ is the reason for our life”, said the archbishop.



Celebration at Christ the Redeemer





Celebration at Christ the Redeemer

Archbishop Orani also noted the need to announce that “Jesus Christ is the light that the world so badly needs”. He said that, for the world to be more just and humane, it assumes that “every baptized person can seek and meet with Jesus Christ and feel happy and joyful to be in his presence”.

Among the various vocations in the Church, the archbishop highlighted, the ordained ministry is a vocation that requires discernment and an option to say ‘yes’ to the Lord’s call.

Those called to the ordained ministry are to serve the community, the people of God. They must serve with generosity and with joy within the path of the Church. God is not lacking for those who are called to answer his ‘yes’. We are heirs of a beautiful journey, even with difficulties, but we have received the inheritance of taking the mission forward. May in this Vocational and Missionary Year many vocations flourish in our archdiocese, and may all those called be able, with burning hearts, to set foot on the path”, concluded the archbishop.



Celebration at Christ the Redeemer





Celebration at Christ the Redeemer

The article is in Portuguese

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