Survey of Newer Members, Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life

Survey of Newer Members, Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life

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The mission of National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) is to serve as a catalyst for vocation discernment and the full flourishing of religious life for the ongoing transformation of the world. With the support of the GHR Foundation and the expertise of the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), we are asking for your assistance to engage in research about recent trends in newer vocations to religious life.  

Why we need this survey

We already recognize the consistent uptick in perpetual professions from a variety of religious institutes. With your support, NRVC is confident this study will expand the body of knowledge on religious life, not only for the sake of consistent social science but for the purpose of providing clarity on the changing trends of the demographics and characteristics of newer entrants to religious life.

Every religious superior and newer members who entered between 2003 - 2018 were sent a survey to complete in the spring of 2019.

The survey focuses on the characteristics of your institute or society, the lifestyle of your members, and the characteristics of your vocation and formation programs, including the number of those who have entered and professed and/or left within the past fifteen years.

What to do if you have misplaced your survey

Please contact Sister Thu T. Do, LHC, CARA Research Associate via email at ttd9@georgetown.edu or phone at 202.687.1290.  She will issue you a new survey right away with the coding needed to keep your survey confidential.

The links below are for review only. Please do NOT send these surveys to CARA. 

Survey of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life

Survey of New Members entering in 2003 - 2018 

Spanish Translation of the New Members Survey



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