A second offering of the Gift of Mission vocation awareness program was presented this winter to a group of high school junior girls by an intercongregational team of sister religious. This time, the workshop was held at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, PA. The day offers a means of learning more about vocational calling and religious life. Interactive sessions and opportunities for prayer and meditation highlight the day. The Missionary Sisters play an active part in the planning and presentation of the day.
CARA Survey Shows Uptick in Number of Women and Men Taking Perpetual Vows
~by Jacob Comello of Catholic News Service
When you head to Mass this Sunday, chances are you will hear the intention “an increase in vocations to the religious life” lifted up before the gifts are presented. A recent survey suggests those prayers might be getting answered.
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, a nonprofit that conducts and publishes social-science research on the Catholic Church, just released findings of a national survey of men and women who in 2018 professed perpetual vows in monasteries, provinces or religious congregations based in the United States, and the results suggest an increasing number of Catholics are willing to pursue this kind of obligation.
Senior research associate Mary Gautier told CNS in a phone interview that CARA “(was) able to identify 240 persons” taking perpetual vows, “up from 200 the last time we did the survey.” Of these 240 identified women and men religious, a total of 92 sisters and nuns and 70 brothers and priests responded to the survey. [Read more…]