NRVC to launch study in coming year

NRVC to launch study in coming year

Collaborators show support for it

Representatives of nine national organizations recently gave input on the forthcoming NRVC study of new vocations. Left to right are: Sister Annmarie Sanders, I.H.M. with LCWR; Sister Mary Bendyna, O.P. with CMSWR; Sister Elizabeth Ann Guerrero, M.C.D.P. with Mexican American Catholic College; Sister Ellen Dauwer, S.C. with Religious Formation Conference; Sister Maxine Kollasch, I.H.M. with A Nun's Life Ministry; Sister Deborah Borneman, SS.C.M. with NRVC; Stephanie Hall with Communicators for Women Religious; Sister Jessie Beck, P.B.V.M. with Giving Voice; Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J. with CARA; Father John Pavlik, O.F.M. Cap. with CMSM; Brother Bill Boslett, O.S.F. with Religious Brothers Conference; and Sister Maria Hughes, A.S.C., facilitator. 

At a recent gathering of representatives from several national organizations that collaborate with the NRVC, participants showed support for NRVC's forthcoming study of newer members. Participants came together to give input on what questions to ask and how.

The study will get underway in early 2019 when the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate will mail surveys to every religious institute in the United States. One portion of the study will gather information from leaders about communal experiences and trends in new membership. The other portion will ask newer members to describe their own experiences and hopes for religious life.

The 2019 study will revisit many of the themes of NRVC's groundbreaking study released in 2009, adding on questions about current realities and concerns.

Further details about the study are at nrvc.net.



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