the secret ingredient
By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 14, 2009
John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter makes another interesting observation, this time about the fact that some American religious orders are growing while others are contracting:
One sign of which way the winds are blowing: Just one percent of women’s communities belonging to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, known for having a more liberal outlook, currently have more than 10 new members in initial formation, whereas a robust 28 percent of communities belonging to the Conference of Major Superiors of Women, known for being more conservative, have 10 or more members in the early stages of membership.
You might conclude that a religious order's affiliation with the LCWR acts as a brake on new vocations. That wouldn't be entirely logical; there are many other factors involved. But it wouldn't be entirely wrong, either.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($93 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!