Sisters of Charity Seton Hill show nuances of research

by | Oct 15, 2014 | Church, Daughters of Charity, Sisters of Charity

CARASisters of Charity Seton Hill show nuances of research

Are sisters growing or declining? There is a great need for nuances according to a new CARA report.  Individual communities show varied, nuanced trends. For the last 50 years, the prevailing narrative in the United States has been that the number of Catholic sisters is steadily declining. However, in a special report released today, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate says maybe we should reconsider that blunt storyline.

Some highlights of interest to the Vincentian Family

As an example look at the statistics for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hil

CARA SC Seton Hill

“Decline for these communities inevitably means an honest appraisal of the situation in the United States and a response situated in a global context,” CARA reports. “At time such an appraisal will lead to a withdrawal of members serving in the United States to a ministry deemed to be in greater need of support internationally.”

Much the same could be said of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

And then there is the question of changes in Provincial structures.

CARA Daughters of Charity

There is much food for thought in the special report