To honor the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI announced on Oct. 16, 2011 a Year of Faith.
The Year of Faith opens on Oct. 11, 2012 and ends on Nov. 24, 2013 – the Solemnity of Christ the King. The goal is to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example.
Bishop Felipe J. Estévez will open the Year of Faith for Catholics in the Diocese of St. Augustine with Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place in St. Augustine. The homilist is Father D. Terrence Morgan. Catholics and the general public are encouraged to attend.
“Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, wants people to rediscover the truth of the faith and renew their confidence in the gospel,” said Bishop Estévez. “Let us be open to the Spirit and renew our understanding of our faith so we can proclaim it with greater confidence and clarity to the world.”
Several initiatives are planned for the Year of Faith. Check out the resources and calendar of events on this site and visit often. We will update our information throughout the year. This is just a sampling of resources and events available that we hope will encourage Catholics to participate in for the Year of Faith!
“The door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his church. It is possible to cross the threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through the door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime.” – Pope Benedict XVI in Porta Fidei, in proclaiming a “Year of Faith,” Oct. 16, 2011.
To read the full document Porta Fidei by Pope Benedict XVI, [click here]
Link to Vatican's Pastoral Recommendations for the Year of Faith Document