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Symposium on New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity

Sister Helena - Sunday, September 20, 2015

by Sister Helena of Mary, O.Carm.

A new book entitled "New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity" is now available for purchase at bookstores near you.  The book presents the analyses of data obtained from the 2009 NRVC/CARA study on religious life. The authors of the book: Dr. Mary L. Gautier is a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.  She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Louisiana State University.  Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN. is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, a professor of sociology and religious studies, and co-director of the Billiart Center for Social Justice at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and has written extensively on Catholic parishes and religious life.

The Symposium held at the Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois on September 20, 2015 was the second of four scheduled gatherings in different states based on the findings presented in the book.  This event was attended by over 100 Sisters belonging to different religious institutes and NRVC Staff members.  The presentation included topics on The Changing Demographics of U.S Catholics and Institutes of Women Religious; Generational Differences among Women Religious; Where do we go from here?; Q&A and Panel Discussion with young religious women from four religious institutes.

I participated in the gathering along with Sisters attending the Sabbatical Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. IL.  We enjoyed the presentation and expertise of the authors as well as meeting new friends.  The next gathering of the same will be held October 10, 2015 at Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA and January 23, 2016 at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles, CA.

New Book Based on Two Studies done on Religious LifePoster for the EventDr. Mary L. Gautier
Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.
Brother Paul Bednarczyk, Executive Director of NRVCSr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.
Participants BreakPanel of Young Professed Sisters
Participants with Dr. Mary GautierDominican University, GroundsSymposium Hall
Chapel

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