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Pathways to Religious Life

Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ

Abstract

The history of religious life in the Catholic Church of the U.S. is filled with change: periods of growth and decline, changes of ministries, and differences in the ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds of those who joined them. Yet as the numbers of new members diminish, some say that the future of religious life is in jeopardy. What is the state of religious life in the U.S. today? Which institutes are increasing in number and which are decreasing or ceasing to exist? From what ethnic and socioeconomic populations are they drawing their members? What new religious institutes are being founded ... More

Keywords: religious orders, U.S., families and religion, religious vocational discernment, associates and vowed religious, new religious communities, Catholic, vocation directors, encouragement and discouragement of vocational discernment, population trends among religious institutes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190878153
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190878153.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ, editor
Exectuive Director, CARA, Georgetown University