The Jubilee of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis, began on December 8, 2015 and will continue through November 20, 2016.
Pope Boniface VIII instituted the first Christian Jubilee on record in the year 1300. The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is the 30th Jubilee year celebrated by the Catholic Church. The last time the Church celebrated a holy year was in 2000 when Pope Saint John Paul II declared The Great Jubilee.
Each holy year has a unique purpose and goal. One of the major aims of this holy year is to bring the sacrament of confession back to the center of the life of the Church and to reinvigorate appreciation for this powerful gift.
Check back throughout the holy year to find information and events.
The following churches in our diocese have been designated by Bishop Parkes to have Holy Doors during the year of Mercy. To read an explanation of Holy Doors and their significance, click here.
They were selected so that no one would have more than an hour or so drive in order to make a pilgrimage to one of these churches: