Religious Life for Women in East and Central Africa: A sustainable Future
Religious Life Vitality Project
In partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Centre for Catholic Studies, the Religious Life Institute of Heythrop College, London, and the Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge, phase I of this project focused on helping female apostolic congregations in the UK, Ireland and the US to consider in depth what is vital to their mission. Three areas were in focus in this first phase of the project:
1) Social interactivity including daily practice and resource allocation; 2) Theological transmission and reception in female apostolic congregations; 3) The ecclesial frameworks which support/diminish the capacity for vitality.
Key questions of Phase I were: What does vitality look like to the participant congregations? How do they deploy/expend resources (human, physical, financial, spiritual) in support of that vision?
View the key findings from Phase 1
View the full report from Phase 1
Following the success of phase 1, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has funded further research over three years from June 2016 to May 2019. This second phase falls into two parts:
1) A study of the sustainability of religious life of women in East and Central Africa implemented in partnership with local researchers/religious sisters
2) A study of new and potential entrants to women’s religious life in the UK & Ireland since 2000