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March 8, 2016
Posted in: Archives, Mission

Engaging, Supporting, and Exploring Life as a Catholic Sister During National Catholic Sisters Week

As we celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14, we are reminded of how American Catholic Sisters are integral parts of our communities and our Church—generously serving, leading and praying in communities and ministries across the country. We invite you to become part of the hopeful and inspirational story of Catholic sisters and to share this message during National Catholic Sisters Week! One way you can do that is by tapping into a new report and website.

A new report (PDF) from Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), Understanding U.S. Catholic Sisters Today, helps to tell Catholic sisters’ story by challenging stereotypes, revealing a new narrative about Catholic Sisters, and drawing greater attention to the lived reality of Catholic sisters today. Launched alongside the report is the website, designed to encourage engagement with sisters, support for sisters, and exploration of life as a sister.

Understanding U.S. Catholic Sisters Today distills mountains of studies and data to produce something accessible yet sophisticated, representing both a resource for learning about religious life and a bridge between women religious and the general public. The report identifies 10 key themes of religious life today, candidly presenting the challenges, opportunities, treasures and relevancy of religious life for today’s women.

The comprehensive report and website ignites the past, present, and future of religious life by answering Pope Francis’ call to men and women religious to remember the past with gratitude, live the present with passion, and embrace the future with hope. Understanding U.S. Catholic Sisters Today and is part of a larger effort to recruit and retain new members who will become young leaders, carrying congregations and service to the Church into future generations.