A two-day symposium to present and discuss the findings of a research project funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation Catholic Sisters Initiative
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Registration is now open for a symposium: Religious Life for Women – a sustainable future which will present the finding of an important three year project. The research, which was carried out by Durham University in partnership with the Margaret Beaufort Institute Cambridge and the Religious Life Institute, falls into two parts:
In five countries of East and Central Africa, the research team have gathered the voices, opinions and theology of 650 Catholic sisters from 80 apostolic congregations. The findings offer a unique insight into the sisters’ understanding of the heart and meaning of religious life for women in Africa today, and some of the challenges to be faced as they seek to establish their role in Church and society into the future. We hope the project findings provide sisters with tools for further reflection.
In the UK and Ireland, the team has interviewed women who have explored their vocation since 2000 in Catholic and Anglican religious congregations. The experience of women who have entered religious life and stayed, entered and left or are still undertaking vocational discernment offers rich and vital data on what today’s generation of entrants is seeking in religious life. This anonymised data, combined with equally anonymised reflections from formators and leaders of congregations on their experience of receiving new members forms the core of a ground-breaking report which will be essential reading for all those committed to the future of religious life. We invite our audience to join us in a collaborative and creative conversation about what will help to build a future full of hope for the religious of tomorrow.