Life Satistaction Scale for Apostolic Women Religious

Life Satisfaction Scale for Apostolic Women Religious (LSSAWR

Interview with Sr. M. Clara Kreis who created this Scale to help Apostolic Women Religious (click here): “I am very happy to talk about this tool to assess the vitality of Religiouis Life. I had sisters participate in my research who thanked me for the opportunity to be a part of the survey because they felt like it was a retreat. Like, “Wow, I can stop and reflect on my life, and I have questions that I didn’t think to ask myself. But now they’re here and posed to me, and now I have the opportunity to think, ‘Why do I stay and why do I believe in it?’ “

An individual Sister could make use of the LSSAWR while on retreat or during times of transition (e.g., ministry/community living situation). Women in various stages of formation can use it to assess their personal satisfaction with religious life and to facilitate conversations with their mentors/leadership. After a sufficient number of Sisters have completed the LSSAWR, Congregational leaders could use the results to assess the state of their Congregation and its viability across generations of their membership. Please be aware that with the support of the current funding we can provide participating Congregations (of no cost to them) with a Congregational Report and if requested assist the facilitation of the results to their membership.

History & Purpose: Maria Clara Kreis, CDP, Ph.D., L.P. and Duquesne University have been awarded a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to create a manual for the “Life Satisfaction Scale for Apostolic Women Religious (LSSAWR; Kreis, 2012).” The grant will also be used to support the translation of the LSSAWR in German and Spanish, and the LSSAWR manual into Spanish in order to extend its use to the youngest generations in religious congregations. The project team is eager to invite the participation of women religious from all over the world who are fluent in English, Spanish, or German.

Benefits: The international and multi-lingual LSSAWR assesses satisfaction levels of Roman Catholic Apostolic women religious individually and communally as they discern their on-going commitment to religious life. It can also evaluate satisfaction levels across generations of women religious.

Areas of Assessment: The LSSAWR assesses the satisfaction levels of women religious regarding the following five areas and also provides a Total Score that reflects one’s overall level of satisfaction:

  • Congregational Character:
    Viability of the Congregation moving forward.
  • Individual Well-Being:
    Personal sense of wellbeing with this life choice.
  • Membership Viability:
    Personal and communal efforts to sustain and increase membership.
  • Holistic Growth & Commitment:
    Personal and professional growth and commitment to this life choice.
  • Inter-Relationships: Relationships within the Congregation and external to it.

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2 thoughts on “Life Satistaction Scale for Apostolic Women Religious

  1.   Carolyn Winschel says:

    Clara, why don’t we use the survey again, since we are in a different space today. I would enjoy completing the survey. Thanks for all the time and energy you have pit into this important project!


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