Survey of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life

Survey of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life

Questionnaire mailed to all religious superiors in the United States

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.  

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 was sent a two page questionairre to complete. Newer members who entered between 2003 - 2018 will be sent a survey in March.

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.

Please complete the survey emailed by CARA to the religious superiors even if you have stopped accepting new members. Your participation in this project is essential for the accuracy of our results.

Survey of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life



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