Storymap: Religious Life Today

Storymap: Religious Life Today

A visually rich and interactive way to understand the 2020 NRVC/CARA Study

Access the NRVC Storymap here.

Through an Esri storymapping tool, we have created a repository of information about women and men religious with highly visual and interactive elements.  The NRVC storymap presents the 2020 NRVC/CARA Study on Recent Vocations to Religious Life in an attractive way to promote the vibrancy of religious life through a narrative of abundant hope. 

For vocation directors:

  • Present data in a way that will help vocation directors in their ministry
  • Provide a clear portrait of who is attracted to religious life
  • Show the data in authentic and positive ways
  • Provide hope for the future of religious life

For vocation discerners:

  • Help discerners understand who is entering religious life
  • Showcase the breadth and depth of religious institutes and diversity in religious life
  • Encourage their discernment and give them hope
  • Provide information and additional resources for vocation discernment

For collaborators:

  • Provide an avenue to share work
  • Develop a repository for information on religious life
  • Create opportunities for additional collective efforts

For donors and benefactors:

  • Assure donors and grantors of the viability of religious life
  • Present the data in attractive and easy-to-understand ways
  • Invite ongoing support of NRVC’s mission
  • Inspire broad engagement to sustain vocations

Access the NRVC Storymap here.


Our skilled staff and contracted partners are also in the process of planning additional chapters to the storymap on Religious Life Today that will add more details about who is entering religious life today and what gives them hope.

Phil Loftus, NRVC Development Director, Storymap Team Leader
Marge Argyelan, NRVC Director of Database Administration
Sr. Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M., NRVC Director of Mission Integration
Maureen Cetera, NRVC Director of Finance and Operations
Sr. Charlene Herinckx, S.S.M.O. NRVC Director of Membership
Sr. Lisa Laguna, D.C., NRVC Board Member
Miss Xiuxia Liu, Cartographer
Curtis Long, CEO ideaPort Web Service
Sr. Belinda Monahan, O.S.B., NRVC Board Member
Patrice Tuohy, CEO TrueQuest Communications


This story map was made possible due to the generosity of the GHR Foundation. Data is drawn from the 2020 Study on Recent Vocations to Religious Life, conducted by Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate on behalf of the  National Religious Vocation Conference

Special thanks to NRVC National Board and National Office, TrueQuest Communications, ideaPort Consulting, and Xiuxia Liu for their work on this project.

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