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New Generations of Catholic SistersThe Challenge of Diversity$

Mary Johnson, Patricia Wittberg, and Mary L. Gautier

Print publication date: 2014

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Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316847.001.0001

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(p.147) Appendix II Surveys

(p.147) Appendix II Surveys

Source:
New Generations of Catholic Sisters
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Post-Vatican II Entrants’ Study

Institute Survey, 1997

N=468

  1. 1. What kind of institute is yours? NR=0%

    • 11%

      1. Monastic

      12

      2. Contemplative

      68

      3. Apostolic

      2

      4. Other (Please specify)

      7

      5. Evangelical

      • 1a. If apostolic, is it NR=20%

        15%

        1. Diocesan

        84

        2. Pontifical

        .4

        3. Other (Please specify).

  2. 2. On the national level, are you a member of NR=4%

    • 76%

      1. LCWR

      2

      4. Both

      7

      2. CMSWR

      5

      5. Not applicable

      10

      3. Neither

  3. 3. Where was your institute originally founded? N=456

  4. 4. What year was your institute founded?

    • N=446 Avg=1740 Median=1842 Range=480–1995

    • 4a. If applicable, what year was your institute founded in the U.S.?

    • N=363 Avg=1884 Median=1880 Range=1700–1995

    • 4b. If applicable, what year was your unit founded?

    • N=274 Avg=1913 Median=1919 Range=1790–1997

  5. (p.148) 5. How many sisters are members of your unit today? Avg=150 Median=84

    1. 5a. How many are active (full or part-time work)?    Avg=96 Median=55

    2. 5b. How many are retired?        Avg=49 Median=22

  6. 6. How many women in your unit

    • 1. have made perpetual vows

      N=451

      Avg=140

      Median=75

      2. have made a temporary commitment

      N=461

      Avg=2

      Median=1

      3. are novices

      N=462

      Avg=1

      Median=0

      4. are affiliates or postulants (pre-novitiate)

      N=462

      Avg=1

      Median=0

      5. are candidates (planning to enter)

      N=462

      Avg=1

      Median=0

      6. are interested in exploring the possibility of entrance

      N=462

      Avg=2

      Median=0

  7. 7. What is the age of your sisters? How many were born

    • Avg

      Median

      17

      8

      1. before 1912

      33

      16

      2. 1912–1921

      21

      9

      3. 1922–1927

      58

      29

      4. 1928–1945

      11

      5

      5. 1946–1954

      4

      2

      6. 1955–1964

      1

      0

      7. 1965–1976

      0

      0

      8. after 1976

  8. 8. What is the age breakdown of those who entered since January 1, 1966? How many sisters were born

    • AVG

      Median

      0

      0

      1. before 1912

      1

      0

      2. 1912–1921

      1

      0

      3. 1922–1927

      4

      1

      4. 1928–1945

      11

      4

      5. 1946–1954

      4

      2

      6. 1955–1964

      2

      0

      7. 1965–1976

      0

      0

      8. after1976

  9. 9. What is the racial breakdown of your congregation? How many sisters who were born in the U.S. are

    • AVG

      Median

      AVG PCT

      Median PCT

      125

      54

      1. Caucasian (White)

      82%

      98%

      1

      0

      2. Black or African-American

      1%

      0%

      2

      0

      3. Hispanic or Latina

      4%

      0%

      0

      0

      4. Native American

      .5%

      0%

      0

      0

      5. Asian-American or Pacific Islander

      1%

      0%

      1

      0

      6. Other (please specify)

      .3%

      0%

      14

      5

      9a. How many were born outside the U.S.?

      12%

      4%

      9b. Where were they born?

  10. (p.149) 10. What is the racial breakdown of sisters born in the U.S. who entered since January 1, 1966? How many sisters are

    • AVG

      Median

      AVGPCT

      Median PCT

      21

      8

      1. Caucasian (White)

      68%

      87%

      0

      0

      2. Black or African-American

      1%

      0%

      1

      0

      3. Hispanic or Latina

      6%

      0%

      0

      0

      4. Native American

      1%

      0%

      0

      0

      5. Asian-American or Pacific Islander

      2%

      0%

      0

      0

      6. Other (please specify)

      0%

      0%

      3

      1

      l0a. How many were born outside the U.S.?

      12%

      0%

      l0b. Where were they born?

  11. 11. In which states of the United States and countries of the world are your sisters located? How many sisters are in each?

    • Location of Sisters in the United States (vii)

      State

      Sum

      AVG

      Median

      Min

      Maximum

      AL

      303

      .65

      .00

      0

      62

      AK

      56

      .12

      .00

      0

      8

      AZ

      447

      .96

      .00

      0

      37

      AR

      299

      .64

      .00

      0

      120

      CA

      3189

      6.83

      .00

      0

      411

      CO

      557

      1.19

      .00

      0

      114

      CT

      1476

      3.16

      .00

      0

      240

      DE

      160

      .34

      .00

      0

      59

      FL

      848

      1.82

      .00

      0

      129

      GA

      205

      .44

      .00

      0

      71

      HI

      35

      .08

      .00

      0

      7

      ID

      99

      .21

      .00

      0

      68

      IL

      4441

      9.51

      .00

      0

      318

      IN

      1585

      3.39

      .00

      0

      424

      IA

      1180

      2.53

      .00

      0

      368

      KS

      1227

      2.63

      .00

      0

      252

      KY

      1068

      2.29

      .00

      0

      190

      LA

      1001

      2.14

      .00

      0

      158

      ME

      432

      .93

      .00

      0

      131

      MD

      1372

      2.94

      .00

      0

      312

      MA

      2606

      5.59

      .00

      0

      363

      MI

      2267

      4.85

      .00

      0

      574

      MN

      2548

      5.47

      .00

      0

      421

      MS

      288

      .62

      .00

      0

      80

      MO

      2703

      5.80

      .00

      0

      451

      MT

      128

      .27

      .00

      0

      41

      NE

      359

      .77

      .00

      0

      111

      NV

      58

      .12

      .00

      0

      16

      NH

      763

      1.63

      .00

      0

      209

      NJ

      2148

      4.61

      .00

      0

      310

      NM

      319

      .68

      .00

      0

      31

      NY

      6890

      14.79

      .00

      0

      926

      NC

      294

      .63

      .00

      0

      91

      ND

      268

      .57

      .00

      0

      96

      OH

      3677

      7.87

      .00

      0

      521

      OK

      143

      .31

      .00

      0

      28

      OR

      499

      1.07

      .00

      0

      225

      PA

      6212

      13.30

      .00

      0

      907

      RI

      356

      .76

      .00

      0

      95

      SC

      436

      .93

      .00

      0

      313

      SD

      410

      .88

      .00

      0

      142

      TE

      232

      .50

      .00

      0

      104

      TX

      2089

      4.47

      .00

      0

      266

      UT

      36

      .08

      .00

      0

      11

      VT

      174

      .37

      .00

      0

      82

      VA

      212

      .45

      .00

      0

      44

      WA

      653

      1.40

      .00

      0

      117

      WV

      249

      .53

      .00

      0

      106

      WI

      3076

      6.60

      .00

      0

      661

      WY

      30

      .06

      .00

      0

      11

      DC

      294

      .63

      .00

      0

      32

      PR

      190

      .41

      .00

      0

      41

      Sum

      AVG

      Median

      15,176

      39

      2

      11a. How many sisters serve in other countries?

      11b. Please list the countries and number in each.

      (p.150)

  12. 12. Do the majority of sisters in your unit have (check one) NR=1%

    • 49.9%

      1. Master’s degree or beyond

      32.7%

      2. Bachelor's degree

      17%

      3. High school diploma

      .4%

      4. Less than high school

  13. 13. Do you have an associate program? NR=4%

    • 65%

      1. Yes

      35%

      2. No (Skip to 14)

      Sum

      Avg

      Median

      18,609

      66

      46

      13a. If yes, how many associates do you have?

      13b. How many associates are

      15,697

      57

      40

      1. female

      2,149

      8

      5

      2. male

      13c. How many of the female associates are

      12,350

      49

      34

      1. white

      1,054

      4

      1

      2. women of color

      13d. How many of the female associates are

      2,138

      11

      7

      1. under age 50

      7,673

      41

      25

      2. 50 and above

      150

      .6

      0

      13e. How many of the associates have entered your unit to become sisters since the program began?

      (p.151)

  14. 14. Do you have a lay missioner program? NR=6%

    • 13%

      1. yes

      87%

      2. no (Skip to 15)

      87

      2

      0

      14a. If yes, how many lay missioners have entered your unit to become sisters since the program began?

  15. 15. Were you founded to do one particular ministry? NR=6%

    • 48%

      1. yes

      52%

      2. no

      15a. If yes, what was that ministry?

      15b. If yes, are most of the active sisters (check one) NR=60%

      51%

      1. still involved in that ministry

      49%

      2. involved in a variety of ministries

  16. 16. Do you have a corporate work for which you are known? NR=9%

    • 64%

      1. Yes

      36%

      2. No

      16a. If yes, what is it?

  17. 17. Do you have sponsored institutions? NR=7%

    • 60%

      1. Yes

      40%

      2. No (Skip to 18)

      1,370

      5

      3

      17a. If yes, how many? NR=46%

      198

      1

      0

      17b. If yes, how many vocations to your unit have come from these institutions in the last ten years? NR=49%

  18. 18. What is the norm of dress for your unit? (check one) NR=2%

    • 16%

      1. full habit

      47%

      3. wearing of institute symbol

      24%

      2. modified habit

      13%

      4. no symbol or habit

      Sum

      Avg

      Median

      17,802

      43

      16

      19. How many local communities do you have in your unit? NR=11%

      933

      15

      14

      19a. If only one, how many sisters live there? NR=87%

  19. (p.152) 19b. If more than one, how many communities are comprised of NR=22%

    • 8,820

      24

      4

      1. one person

      3,638

      10

      5

      2. two persons

      1,649

      5

      3

      3. three persons

      1,271

      3

      2

      4. four persons

      669

      2

      1

      5. five persons

      1,161

      3

      2

      6. 6–10

      335

      1

      0

      7. 11–15

      137

      0

      0

      8. 16–20

      372

      1

      1

      9. over 20

  20. 20. How many members have entered your unit since January 1, 1966? Please record the number who entered each year and the number of those who remain.

    • 4,180

      15%

      5%

      21. Please estimate the percentage of those who left who were asked to leave. NR=41%

      427

      1

      1

      22. Since 1966, how many left and later re-entered your unit? NR=16%

      944

      2

      1

      23. Since 1966, how many transferred in from other institutes? NR=14%

      617

      2

      1

      24. Since 1966, how many transferred out to other institutes? NR=14%

  21. 25. What is the structure of your vocation recruitment effort? Check all that apply.

    • 21%

      1. We have no formal structure. NR=1%

      31%

      2. Full-time vocation director(s). NR=1% How many? AVG=1 Median=1 NR=71%

      39%

      3. Part-time vocation director(s). NR=1% How many? AVG=2 Median=1 NR=65%

      33%

      4. Vocation team (please describe) NR=1%

      16%

      5. Other (please describe) NR=1%

  22. 26. Are any lay people involved in your vocation efforts? NR=3%

    • 33%

      1. yes

      67%

      2. no

      26a.

      If yes, in what capacity? NR=74%

  23. 27. Does your unit have a stated numerical goal for new entrants for the 1997–98 year? NR=5%

    • 7%

      1. Yes

      93%

      2. No

      27a.

      If yes, what is the goal? NR=93%

    • SUM

      AVG

      Median

      4,309,517

      14,461

      7,300

  24. 28. What is the total budget for the vocation effort? NR=36%

    • AVG%

      Med%

      28a. Of this, what percentage is directed to recruitment of

      89%

      100%

      1. sisters   NR=58%

      5%

      0%

      2. associates   NR=58%

      1%

      0%

      3. lay missioners   NR=58%

      11%

      1%

      29. What percentage of the total budget of your unit is directed to the vocation effort? NR=57%

      (p.153)

  25. 30. Which forms of the media do you use to encourage vocations to enter your unit?

    • 2%

      1. billboards

      NR=1%

      7%

      2. TV

      NR=1%

      5%

      3. radio

      NR=1%

      47%

      4. parish bulletins

      NR=1%

      63%

      5. magazines (please specify)

      NR=1%

      64%

      6. other (please specify)

      NR=1%

      6%

      7. none

      NR=1%

  26. 31. Do you have a homepage on the Internet? NR=22%

    • 45%

      1. yes

      55%

      2. no

  27. 32. Indicate how much stress you give to each element of your corporate identity as you deal with your various publics.

    • AVG

      Median

      1=Greatly stressed 2=Somewhat stressed 3=Not at all stressed

      1.4

      1.0

      1. community life    NR=9%

      1.3

      1.0

      2. mission     NR=12%

      1.5

      1.0

      3. communal prayer    NR=9%

      46

      19 33.

      Over the last two years, how many inquiries has your unit received regarding entrance to the vowed life?   NR=16%

      44

      45 34.

      What is the maximum age for entrance?   NR=42%

      20

      20 35.

      What is the minimum age for entrance?   NR=15%

      16%

      36.

      Does your unit have an image (unstated) of what the ideal candidate is supposed to look like and be like? What is that image?     NR=85%

  28. 37. Does your unit pray regularly for vocations to your institute? NR=3%

    • 90%

      1. yes

      4%

      2. no

      6%

      3. unsure

      37a.

      If yes, how often?   NR=42%

      37b.

      If yes, what form does the prayer take?

  29. 38. Does your unit hold periodic structured gatherings for young adults? NR=6%

    • 48%

      1. yes

      52%

      2. no

      38a.

      If yes, please describe.

  30. 39. Do you have structured gatherings for women interested in entering? NR=5%

    • 58%

      1. yes

      42%

      2. no

      39a.

      If yes, please describe.

  31. (p.154) 40. What has been your most successful recruitment strategy over the last three years? Please describe.

  32. 41. In the last two years, how many women have you personally invited to think about entering? NR=26%

    • AVG

      Median

      7

      3

  33. 42. How often is the topic of vocations on the agenda of your leadership meetings? NR=14%

    • 14%

      1. every meeting

      14%

      2. at least 3/4 of all meetings per year

      18%

      3. at least 1/2 of all meetings per year

      32%

      4. at least 1/4 of all meetings per year

      20%

      5. hardly ever

      2%

      6. never

  34. 43. Estimate what percentage of your sisters are involved in recruitment of sisters? NR=30%

    • AVG%

      Median%

      26%

      10%

  35. 44. If applicable, estimate what percentage of your associates are involved in recruitment of sisters? NR=65%

    • AVG%

      Median%

      11%

      0%

  36. 45. If applicable, estimate what percentage of your lay missioners are involved in recruitment of sisters? NR=88%

    • AVG%

      Median%

      5%

      0%

  37. 46. What are prerequisites for entrance? (Check all that apply.) NR=1%

    • YES

      17%

      1. College degree

      73%

      2. No financial indebtedness

      96%

      3. Physical exam

      96%

      4. Interview(s)

      26%

      5. HIV/AIDS testing

      78%

      6. Psychological screening

      94%

      7. Letters of recommendation

      86%

      8. Sacramental history

      75%

      9. Written autobiography

      43%

      10. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

      30%

      11. Other (specify)

      13%

      12. Other (specify)

  38. 47. What factors would deter you from accepting a woman for entrance?

  39. (p.155) 48. What is the structure of your formation effort? (Check all that apply.)

    • 10%

      1. We have no formal structure.

      NR=1%

      37%

      2. Postulant director(s).

      NR=1%

      AVG

      Median

      35%

      3. Full-time novice director(s).

      NR=1%

      .4 0

      How many? NR=5%

      17%

      4. Part-time novice director(s).

      NR=1%

      .2 0

      How many? NR=3%

      28%

      5. Full-time formation director(s).

      NR=1%

      .3 0

      How many? NR=5%

      32%

      6. Part-time formation director(s).

      NR=1%

      .4 0

      How many? NR=6%

      31%

      7. Other (please specify)

      NR=1%

  40. 49. Does your unit participate in an intercongregational formation experience? NR=7%

    • 70%

      1. Yes

      30%

      2. No

    • 49a. If yes, at what stage of the process? NR=40%

    • AVG

      Median

      $23,158

      $14,000

      50. What is the budget for your formation office (total for pre-final vows programs and personnel, etc.)? NR=57%

      14%

      2%

      50a. What percentage of the total budget is directed to formation? NR=66%

      7

      8

      51. On average, in the last fifteen years, how many years did it take a woman to pass from entrance to final vows? NR=14%

  41. 52. Do you have some kind of post-final vow structure or program to aid retention? NR=12%

    • 37%

      1. Yes (Please describe)

      63%

      2. No

  42. 53. Do you have some kind of post-Silver Jubilee structure or program to aid retention? NR=12%

    • 20%

      1. Yes (Please describe)

      80%

      2. No

    • AVG

      Median

      43%

      40%

      54. Please estimate the percentage of your local communities in which you would be happy to place a new member. NR=35%

  43. 55. The following are attitudes about vocations. Please use the numbers 1 through 5 to indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each statement. Use 3 if you do not know.

    • l=Strongly agree 2 =Agree 3=Do not know 4=Disagree 5=Strongly disagree

    • SA

      A

      DK

      D

      SD

      NR

      2

      3

      1

      37

      57

      4

      1. It is God alone who invites individuals to the religious life; it is not the job of a sister to invite anyone.

      5

      14

      35

      25

      21

      4

      2. The future of my institute is Catholic religious, clergy, married and single people living and working together.

      2

      5

      20

      38

      35

      7

      3. A new form of religious life will emerge in the U.S. in the not too distant future; then I will invite people to enter.

      2

      <1

      2

      29

      67

      4

      4. It would be unjust to invite anyone to enter an institute today given the great financial problems we face.

      1

      5

      11

      52

      31

      4

      5. Religious vocations for the near future will be from the Third World; all recruitment efforts should be directed there.

      42

      40

      10

      6

      2

      7

      6. Recruitment of a new generation of sisters in the U.S. is an essential aspect of mission.

      19

      41

      31

      9

      <1

      6

      7. The future of my institute in the U.S. is multi-ethnic and multi-racial young Catholic women as vowed sisters.

      <1

      4

      36

      36

      24

      6

      8. The future of my institute is ecumenical and interfaith members.

      <1

      5

      8

      47

      39

      6

      9. The majority of women interested in entering religious life today have been wounded by society and thus do not have the gifts or strength needed to be sisters and nuns.

      <1

      1

      1

      18

      80

      4

      10. My institute has nothing to offer young people today.

      1

      <1

      1

      24

      74

      5

      11. We must wait for the transformation of the Church before we can invite anyone to enter in this country.

      35

      36

      3

      17

      9

      9

      12. We exist for mission, not to perpetuate ourselves.

      <1

      5

      7

      50

      38

      4

      13. As religious we must decrease so that the laity might increase and take their rightful role in the Church.

      1

      3

      4

      47

      45

      6

      14. Previous generations were badgered by sisters to think about entering; I would rather not invite and thus not be perceived as badgering people into entering.

      <1

      2

      4

      38

      56

      5

      15. The recruitment of a new generation of religious runs counter to the Vatican II vision of a lay-centered Church.

      <1

      2

      2

      45

      51

      4

      16. The age gap between the majority of our members and young people today is too great; therefore, we cannot invite the young to enter.

      1

      3

      1

      36

      59

      5

      17. Our founding spirit and charism did not include invitation to entrance, it is not in our tradition as an institute.

      <1

      <1

      <1

      20

      79

      4

      18. Since lay people are now involved in many aspects of ministry, religious life is not needed in this country.

      21

      47

      20

      10

      2

      8

      19. We must invite the poor and marginalized to become sisters in our institute.

      77

      18

      1

      1

      3

      4

      20. The ministry of vocation recruitment belongs to each sister in the institute not just those in formal positions.

      <1

      <1

      1

      17

      82

      4

      21. Ours is no longer a way of life, there is nothing to invite people to.

      <1

      <1

      3

      42

      55

      5

      22. Young people today are too conservative to be effective sisters.

      (p.156) (p.157)

  44. 56. What is the greatest challenge facing your unit with reference to vocations? What is the greatest challenge facing you regarding formation? (Use last page, too, if needed.)

(p.158) Post-Vatican II Entrants’ Study

Individual Survey-B (Stayers), 1999

N=2,740

Background Information

  1. 1. Full name and initials of present institute (and province, region, etc., if applicable)

  2. 2. What kind of institute is yours? N=0%

    • 76%

      1.) Apostolic

      4

      2.) Contemplative

      8

      3.) Monastic

      11

      4.) Evangelical

      1

      5.) Other (specify)

  3. 3. Is your institute NR=3%

    • 88%

      1.) Pontifical

      10

      2.) Diocesan

      2

      3.) Not applicable (both)

      <1

      4.) Other (specify): 17 Society of Apostolic Life

  4. 4. If applicable, does your congregation belong to

    • 85%

      1.) LCWR

      4

      2.) CMSWR

      5

      3.) Both

      5

      4.) Neither

      1

      5.) Don’t know

      <1

      6.) Not applicable

  5. 5. Of how many institutes have you been a member? N=2,648 Avg.=1 Median=1

    • 2%

      None

      89

      One

      9

      Two

      <1

      Three

      <1

      Four

      • 5a. If more than one, what year did you enter your first institute?

      • N=263 Avg.=1968 Median=1966

      • 5b. What year did you depart your first institute?

      • N=253 Avg.=1978 Median=1979

  6. 6. Did you transfer from one institute to another? NR=2%

    • 93%

      1.) No

      7

      2.) Yes

      • 6a. If yes, did you transfer from one type of religious life to another, e.g., apostolic to contemplative? NR=94%

    • 78%

      1.) No

      22

      2.) Yes

  7. (p.159) 7. What year did you enter your present religious institute? N=2,725 Avg.=1977 Median=1976

    • 49%

      1966–1975

      32

      1976–1986

      19

      1987–1997

      <1

      after 1997

  8. 8. Did you ever leave your institute and re-enter it later? NR=1%

    • 93%

      1.) No

      7

      2.) Yes

    • 8a. If yes, how many years later did you re-enter?

    • N=184 Avg.=6 Median=3

  9. 9. What year did you make final vows, if applicable?

    • N=2,387 Avg.=1982 Median=1982

  10. 10. What year were you born?

    • N=2,736 Avg.=1951 Median=1950

  11. 11. How old are you? N=2,732 Avg.=47 Median=48

    • 17%

      Under 40

      56

      41–50

      22

      51–60

      5

      61–85

  12. 12. Did you attend a Catholic elementary school in the U.S.? NR=0%

    • 28%

      1.) No

      72

      2.) Yes

    • 12a. If yes, for how many years?

    • N=1,748 Avg.=7 Median=8

  13. 13. Did you attend a Catholic high school in the U.S.? NR=0%

    • 35%

      1.) No

      65

      2.) Yes

    • 13a. If yes, for how many years?

    • N=1,605 Avg.=4 Median=4

  14. 14. Did you attend a Catholic college or university in the U.S. for your undergraduate degree?

    • 35%

      1.) No NR=1%

      65

      2.) Yes

    • 14a. If yes, for how many years?

    • N=1,652 Avg.=4 Median=4

  15. 15. When you were in junior high and high school, for how many years did you attend religious education at your parish, such as C.C.D. classes?

    • N=2,192 Avg.=1 Median=0

  16. 16. When you were in high school, were you ever involved in Catholic youth ministry or parish youth programs? NR=3%

    • 29%

      1.) Often.

      28

      2.) Occasionally

      43

      3.) Never

  17. (p.160) 17. Were you a convert to Catholicism? NR=0%

    • 92%

      1.) No

      8

      2.) Yes

  18. 18. During your elementary school years, did you live with both of your parents? NR=0%

    • 8%

      1.) No

      92

      2.) Yes

  19. 19. During your elementary school years, was your mother Catholic? NR=0%

    • 8%

      1.) No

      91

      2.) Yes

      1

      3.) Not Applicable

  20. 20. During your elementary school years, was your father Catholic? NR=0%

    • 13%

      1.) No

      85

      2.) Yes

      2

      3.) Not Applicable

  21. 21. How many times a month did your mother attend Mass?

    • N=2,608 Avg.=6 Median=4

  22. 22. How many times a month did your father attend Mass?

    • N=2,543 Avg.=4 Median=4

  23. 23. Were you born in the U.S.? NR=0%

    • 11%

      1.) No

      89

      2.) Yes

    • 23a. If not, in which country were you born?

    • 41 Mexico, 41 Philippines, Canada, Ireland, Vietnam

  24. 24. What was the first generation of your family to come to this country on your father’s side?

    • 9%

      1.) My father was first NR=1%

      28

      2.) My grandparent(s) was first

      27

      3.) My great-grandparent(s) was first

      18

      4.) Beyond great-grandparents

      10

      5.) Don’t know

      7

      6.) Not applicable

  25. 25. From which country(ies) did they come on your father’s side?

    • 572 Ireland, 564 Germany, 209 Italy, 167 Poland, 163 England, 104 Canada

  26. 26. What was the first generation of your family to come to this country on your mother’s side?

    • 8%

      1.) My mother was first

      28

      2.) My grandparent(s) was first

      29

      3.) My great-grandparent(s) was first

      19

      4.) Beyond great-grandparents

      10

      5.) Don’t know

      6

      6.) Not applicable

  27. (p.161) 27. From which country(ies) did they come on your mother’s side? 694 Ireland, 521 Germany, 201 Italy, 148 Poland, 130 England

  28. 28. What is your race?

    • 89%

      1.) White

      5

      2.) Latina or Hispanic

      1

      3.) African-American

      <1

      4.) Native American

      3

      5.) Asian or Pacific Islander

      0

      6.) Caribbean Islander

      1

      7.) Bi-racial (specify) 9 White/NA, 7 White/Hispanic, 6 White/Asian, 2 Hispanic/Asian

      <1

      8.) Other (specify) 7 African, 4 multi-racial, 1 Garifuna

  29. 29. With which ethnic group do you most identify? NR=25%

    • 489 White, 456 Irish, 195 German, 174 Italian, 45 None

  30. 30. Which language did you speak at home when you were growing up? NR=1%

    • 87%

      1.) English

      3

      2.) Spanish

      4

      3.) Other (specify)

      6

      4.) English and another language equally (specify language)

  31. 31. Which best describes your father’s occupation, when you were in elementary school

    • (grades 1–6)? NR=0%

    • 17%

      1.) Professional/technical

      14

      2.) Management/administration

      2

      3.) Clerical

      12

      4.) Crafts/trades

      35

      5.) Laborer/operative

      8

      6.) Service work/retail

      7

      7.) Government

      2

      8.) Military

      <1

      9.) Caregiving/housekeeping

      <1

      10.) Disabled

      <1

      11.) Intermittent work

      3

      12.) Not applicable

  32. 32. Which best describes your mother’s occupation, when you were in elementary school

    • (grades 1–6)? NR=1%

    • 6%

      1.) Professional/technical

      2

      2.) Management/administration

      7

      3.) Clerical

      1

      4.) Crafts/trades

      5

      5.) Laborer/operative

      5

      6.) Service work/retail

      <1

      7.) Government

      0

      8.) Military

      61

      9.) Caregiving/housekeeping

      0

      10.) Disabled

      2

      11.) Intermittent work

      11

      12.) Not applicable

      (p.162)

  33. 33. Which category best describes your social class when you were in elementary school?NR=1%

    • 3%

      1.) Poor

      39

      2.) Working

      39

      3.) Lower Middle

      18

      4.) Upper Middle

      1

      5.) Upper

  34. 34. During elementary school, in which region of the U.S. did you grow up? NR=2%

    • 27%

      1.) Northeast

      11

      2.) East

      5

      3.) South

      34

      4.) Midwest

      4

      5.) Southwest

      6

      6.) Rocky Mountain or Far West

      3

      7.) Northwest

      3

      8.) Combination of more than one

      7

      9.) Outside of the U.S. (specify): 36 Philippines, 29 Mexico, 20 Ireland, 11 Canada

  35. 35. During elementary school, where did you live? NR=1%

    • 5%

      1.) An inner-city

      33

      2.) A city

      20

      3.) A suburb

      21

      4.) A town

      14

      5.) A rural area

      7

      6.) Combination of more than one

  36. 36. What was the political affiliation of your father when you were in elementary school? NR=3%

    • 51%

      1.) Democrat

      22

      2.) Republican

      3

      3.) Independent

      1

      4.) Other (specify)

      15

      5.) Don't know

      8

      6.) Not applicable

  37. (p.163) 37. What was the political affiliation of your mother when you were in elementary school? NR=2%

    • 55%

      1.) Democrat

      17

      2.) Republican

      5

      3.) Independent

      1

      4.) Other (specify)

      15

      5.) Don't know

      7

      6.) Not applicable

  38. 38. What is your current political affiliation? NR=3%

    • 67%

      1.) Democrat

      8

      2.) Republican

      14

      3.) Independent

      3

      4.) Other (specify)

      8

      5.) Not applicable

Vocation Story

  1. 39. How old were you when you first thought about being a Sister?

    • N=2,671 Avg.=14 Median=12

  2. 40. How old were you when you decided to enter?

    • N=2,712 Avg.=22 Median=20

  3. 41. How old were you when you actually entered?

    • N=2,724 Avg.=24 Median=22

  4. 42. Did you experience a call from God to enter? NR=2%

    • 5%

      1.) No

      82

      2.) Yes

      13

      3.) Unsure

  5. 43. How many institutes did you consider seriously before entering yours? NR=0%

    • 45%

      1.) Just my own

      33

      2.) Two

      16

      3.) Three

      6

      4.) Four to six

      <1

      5.) Seven to ten

      <1

      6.) More than ten

  6. 44. How long did you discern the question of entering? NR=1%

    • 2%

      1.) Less than a day

      4

      2.) Less than a month

      20

      3.) Less than a year

      49

      4.) 1–3 years

      15

      5.) 4–6 years

      5

      6.) 7–10 years

      5

      7.) Over 10 years

  7. (p.164) 45. Was your encounter with the institute you entered through NR=1%

    • 67%

      1.) A Sister in the institute

      5

      2.) An advertisement (specify)

      <1

      3.) The Internet (specify)

      5

      4.) A priest

      5

      5.) A relative

      5

      6.) A friend

      1

      7.) A co-worker

      12

      8.) Other (specify)

  8. 46. Were you educated by a Sister(s) from your institute while in (check all that apply):

    • 32%

      1.) Elementary school

      25%

      2.) Junior high school

      39%

      3.) High school

      30%

      4.) College

      4%

      5.) Graduate school

      37%

      6.) None of the above

  9. 47. Were you educated by Sisters from another institute at any point in your education? NR=1%

    • 29%

      1.) No

      71

      2.) Yes

  10. 48. Did you discern a particular charism in your institute before entrance? NR=1%

    • 31%

      1.) No

      59

      2.) Yes

      10

      3.) Unsure

  11. 49. Aside from God, who most encouraged you to enter? NR=1%

    • 13%

      1.) Family

      9

      2.) Friends

      1

      3.) Co-workers

      43

      4.) Woman religious

      6

      5.) Priest

      <1

      6.) Lay teacher

      23

      7.) Nobody

      2

      8.) Former Sister

      2

      9.) Other (specify)

  12. 50. Who most tried to discourage you from entering? NR=3%

    • 36%

      1.) Family

      14

      2.) Friends

      3

      3.) Co-workers

      2

      4.) Woman religious

      1

      5.) Priest

      <1

      6.) Lay teacher

      40

      7.) Nobody

      <1

      8.) Former Sister

      4

      9.) Other (specify)

      (p.165)

  13. 51. Was the religious life formally presented, in class or in campus ministry, as an option for you to consider seriously while in (check all that apply):

    • 48%

      1.) Elementary school

      37%

      2.) Junior high

      49%

      3.) High school

      12%

      4.) College

  14. 52. How many relatives (by blood) do you have in your institute? 0=85% NR=6%

    • N=2,564 Avg.=.3 Median=0

    • 52a. If any, is the closest relative a(n): NR=89%

    • 21%

      1.) Sister

      28

      2.) Aunt

      6

      3.) Grandaunt

      40

      4.) Cousin

      5

      5.) Other (specify): 6 Second Cousins, 3 Distant Cousins, 2 Third Cousins, 2 Nieces

  15. 53. Did a Sister(s) invite you to enter? NR=2%

    • 47%

      1.) No

      53

      2.) Yes

  16. 54. How many women did you invite to enter last year? 0=56% NR=4%

    • N=2,626 Avg.=1.7 Median=0

  17. 55. Do you believe that God wants a new generation of sisters in the U.S.? NR=2%

    • 3%

      1.) No

      76

      2.) Yes

      21

      3.) Unsure

  18. 56. What is your status at this time? NR=1%

    • 1%

      1.) Pre-novitiate

      3

      2.) Novitiate

      8

      3.) First vows

      85

      4.) Final vows

      3

      5.) Member of society of apostolic life. We do not make final vows.

  19. 57. When did you enter? NR=2%

    • 5%

      1.) During high school

      21

      2.) Immediately after high school

      12

      3.) After high school and some work experience

      9

      4.) After some college

      14

      5.) After some college and some work experience

      5

      6.) Immediately after college

      20

      7.) After college and some work experience

      2

      8.) After some grad/professional school

      1

      9.) After grad/professional school

      11

      10.) After grad/professional school and some work experience

      (p.166)

  20. 58. Before entrance, were you: NR=0%

    • 94%

      1.) Single

      2

      2.) Engaged

      3

      3.) Divorced

      1

      4.) Widowed

  21. 59. Do you have children? NR=1%

    • 96%

      1.) No

      4

      2.) Yes

  22. 60. Were you a lay missioner of your institute before entrance? NR=0%

    • 82%

      1.) No

      2

      2.) Yes

      16

      3.) We do not have such a program

  23. 61. Were you an associate of your institute before entrance? NR=2%

    • 85%

      1.) No

      8

      2.) Yes

      7

      3.) We do not have such a program

  24. 62. Before entrance, did you work as a volunteer or paid worker (check all that apply):

    • 20%

      1.) In direct service to the poor in the U.S.

      3

      2.) In direct service to the poor in a Third World nation

      8

      3.) In efforts to bring about systemic change and social justice

      40

      4.) In parish or diocesan pastoral, administrative, liturgical or educative ministries

  25. 63. What was your occupation immediately before entrance? NR=3%

    • 35%

      1.) Professional/technical

      6

      2.) Management/administration

      13

      3.) Clerical

      1

      4.) Crafts/trades

      3

      5.) Laborer/operative

      8

      6.) Service work/retail

      1

      7.) Government

      <1

      8.) Military

      2

      9.) Caregiving/housekeeping

      <1

      10.) Disabled

      2

      11.) Intermittent work

      29

      12.) Not applicable

  26. 64. Were you in a non-traditional occupation before entrance? NR=4%

    • 92%

      1.) No

      8

      2.) Yes

      • 64a. If yes, what was it?

  27. (p.167) 65. Before entrance, did you ever serve as a volunteer staff member of a Catholic institution (check all that apply):

    • 36%

      1.) Parish

      9%

      2.) Hospital

      12%

      3.) School/college

      11%

      4.) Helping agency

      46%

      5.) None

  28. 66. Before entrance, did you ever serve as a paid staff member of a Catholic institution (check all that apply):

    • 8%

      1.) Parish

      6%

      2.) Hospital

      13%

      3.) School/college

      4%

      4.) Helping agency

      68%

      5.) None

  29. 67. How long did you work (not attending school) before entrance? NR=3%

    • 27%

      1.) Did not work

      13

      2.) Less than a year

      27

      3.) 1–3 years

      11

      4.) 4–6 years

      6

      5.) 7–9 years

      8

      6.) 10–15 years

      3

      7.) 16–20 years

      5

      8.) Over 20 years

  30. 68. Did you have educational loans to pay back before entrance? NR=2%

    • 86%

      1.) No

      14

      2.) Yes

    • 68a. If yes, how much did the loans total? NR=89%

      • N=302 Avg.=$5,456 Median=$4,000

    • 68b. If yes, did your institute assume some/all of the loans? NR=88%

      • 70%

        1.) No

        30

        2.) Yes

    • 68c. If yes, what percentage of your loans did your institute assume? NR=96%

  31. 69. Were you required to get a physical exam before entrance? NR=1%

    • 7%

      1.) No

      93

      2.) Yes

    • 69a. If yes, who paid for it? NR=32%

      • 91%

        1.) Myself

        8

        2.) Institute

        1

        3.) Both

  32. (p.168) 70. Were you required to get psychological testing before entrance? NR=1%

    • 32%

      1.) No

      68

      2.) Yes

    • 70a. If yes, who paid for it? NR=47%

      • 40%

        1.) Myself

        55

        2.) Institute

        5

        3.) Both

  33. 71. What is the highest level of education you have attained to date? NR=1%

    • <1%

      1.) Less than high school diploma

      3

      2.) High school diploma or equivalent

      5

      3.) Some college

      10

      4.) College degree

      8

      5.) Some grad/professional school

      51

      6.) Master’s degree

      1

      7.) RN

      4

      8.) M.S.W.

      5

      9.) Ph.D.

      1

      10.) J.D.

      1

      11.) M.D.

      3

      12.) Enrolled in a graduate program

      8

      13.) Other (specify)

  34. 72. What was the highest level of education you received before entrance? NR=1%

    • 3%

      1.) Less than high school diploma

      32

      2.) High school diploma or equivalent

      21

      3.) Some college

      25

      4.) College degree

      5

      5.) Some grad/professional school

      8

      6.) Master’s degree

      2

      7.) RN

      1

      8.) M.S.W.

      1

      9.) Ph.D.

      <1

      10.) J.D.

      <1

      11.) M.D.

      2

      12.) Enrolled in a graduate program

      <1

      13.) Other (specify)

  35. 73. If you possess a Master’s degree(s), in which field(s) is it? NR=33%

  36. 74. If you possess a doctoral degree, in which field is it? NR=92%

  37. 75. What is your primary ministry at this time? NR=2%

  38. 76. What is your usual mode of dress in your ministry? NR=0%

    • 11%

      1.) Full habit

      13

      2.) Modified habit

      38

      3.) Institute symbol

      38

      4.) No symbol or habit

  39. (p.169) 77. In your ministry, do you use the title “Sister” to refer to yourself? NR=1%

    • 47%

      1.) All of the time

      46

      2.) Some of the time

      7

      3.) Never

  40. 78. Have you ever been in leadership in your institute? NR=1%

    • 76%

      1.) No

      13

      2.) Yes, currently

      11

      3.) Yes, in the past

  41. 79. Have you ever been in formation work (full- or part-time)? NR=1%

    • 81%

      1.) No

      7

      2.) Yes, currently

      12

      3.) Yes, in the past

  42. 80. Have you ever been in vocation work (full- or part-time)? NR=0%

    • 75%

      1.) No

      10

      2.) Yes, currently

      15

      3.) Yes, in the past

  43. 81. Since entrance, have you served in a Third World nation? NR=1%

    • 91%

      1.) No

      9

      2.) Yes

      • 81a. If yes, for how many years? 91%

    • N=244 Avg.=4 Median=2

  44. 82. Many in the media presume that Sisters want to be priests. What is your view–do you personally feel called to the priesthood? NR=1%

    • 4%

      1.) Yes

      14

      2.) Yes, but in a different form

      75

      3.) No

      7

      4.) Unsure

  45. 83. Do you consider yourself a feminist? NR=3%

    • 38%

      1.) No

      48

      2.) Yes

      14

      3.) Unsure

  46. 84. Check all of the following that you read weekly/monthly?

    • 29%

      1.) America

      5%

      2.) Commonweal

      58%

      3.) NCR

      1%

      4.) The Wanderer

      14%

      5.) Sisters Today

      33%

      6.) Review for Religious

      73%

      7.) Diocesan Newspaper

      82%

      8.) Publications of your institute

      7%

      9.) Sisterlist on the Internet

Community and Ministerial Life

There is much discussion today about community life. For the purposes of this survey, community is defined as the people with whom you share common space and a kitchen. This definition does not include self-contained units (p.170) wherein sisters meet periodically for meals and prayer. Sisters in those units would be considered to be living alone.

  1. 85. With how many Sisters of your institute do you now live? NR=1%

    • N=2,705 Avg.=9 Median=3

    • 19%

      None

      16

      One

      11

      Two

      11

      Three

      25

      Four-Ten

      18

      Eleven or more

  2. 86. With how many Sisters of your institute do you now work? 0=42% NR=4%

    • N=2,639 Avg.=7 Median=1

  3. 87. If you had your preference right now, with how many Sisters would you prefer to live?

    • (choose one) NR=2%

    • 11%

      1.) With none

      14

      2.) With one other Sister

      12

      3.) With two other Sisters

      45

      4.) In a group of 4–7 Sisters

      6

      5.) In a group of 8–10 Sisters

      2

      6.) In a group of 11–15 Sisters

      4

      7.) In a group of 16–20 Sisters

      6

      8.) In a group of more than 20 Sisters

  4. 88. If you had your preference right now, with whom would you prefer to live? NR=2%

    • 9%

      1.) No one

      1

      2.) An ecumenical group

      <1

      3.) An interfaith group

      <1

      4.) Married couple(s)

      1

      5.) Single layperson(s)

      4

      6.) Men and women religious

      64

      7.) Sister(s) of my own institute

      <1

      8.) Children

      <1

      9.) Teens/young adults

      <1

      10.) Family member(s)

      5

      11.) Inter-congregationally

      15

      12.) Combination of Sisters and one of the above (choose number and insert on line)

  5. 89. Is the area in which you live: NR=2%

    • 37%

      1.) Urban

      14

      2.) Inner-city

      33

      3.) Suburban

      16

      4.) Rural

  6. (p.171) 90. Is the area in which you work: NR=4%

    • 36%

      1.) Urban

      19

      2.) Inner-city

      29

      3.) Suburban

      16

      4.) Rural

  7. 91. In what kind of neighborhood do you live at the present time? NR=2%

    • 9%

      1.) Poor

      34

      2.) Working class

      28

      3.) Lower middle class

      27

      4.) Upper middle class

      3

      5.) Upper class

  8. 92. In what kind of neighborhood do you work at the present time? NR=7%

    • 18%

      1.) Poor

      30

      2.) Working class

      23

      3.) Lower middle class

      27

      4.) Upper middle class

      3

      5.) Upper class

  9. 93. Do you live in a multicultural neighborhood? NR=1%

    • 43%

      1.) No

      57

      2.) Yes

  10. 94. Do you work in a multicultural neighborhood? NR=4%

    • 42%

      1.) No

      58

      2.) Yes

  11. 95. Is the neighborhood in which you live predominantly: NR=2%

    • 72%

      1.) White

      9

      2.) African-American

      1

      3.) Asian

      7

      4.) Latino

      11

      5.) Other (specify): mixed or multi-cultural is modal response

  12. 96. Is the neighborhood in which you work predominantly: NR=6%

    • 65%

      1.) White

      11

      2.) African-American

      2

      3.) Asian

      8

      4.) Latino

      14

      5.) Other (specify): mixed or multi-cultural is modal response

  13. 97. Do you live in a neighborhood where you, yourself, are a minority? NR=2%

    • 77%

      1.) No

      23

      2.) Yes

  14. (p.172) 98. Do you work in a neighborhood where you, yourself, are a minority? NR=5%

    • 74%

      1.) No

      26

      2.) Yes

  15. 99. Do you live in a(n): NR=1%

    • 37%

      1.) Convent

      4

      2.) Apartment in a complex wherein other Sisters of my institute reside in other apartments

      12

      3.) Apartment in a complex wherein no Sisters of my institute reside in other apartments

      26

      4.) House

      9

      5.) Monastery

      2

      6.) Former Rectory

      0

      7.) Catholic Worker house

      <1

      8.) Housing project

      3

      9.) Institution of some kind (specify)

      7

      10.) Other (specify)

  16. 100. Do you work primarily in a(n): NR=6%

    • 75%

      1.) Catholic institution

      2

      2.) Ecumenical institution

      1

      3.) Interfaith institution

      3

      4.) Government institution

      16

      5.) Non-profit institution

      3

      6.) For-profit institution

  17. 101. Do you work in an institution sponsored by your congregation? NR=3%

    • 53%

      1.) No

      39

      2.) Yes

      8

      3.) Not applicable

  18. 102. Would you be willing to work in an institution sponsored by your congregation? NR=4%

    • 6%

      1.) No

      83

      2.) Yes

      11

      3.) Not applicable

  19. 103. Do you live with (check all that apply):

    • 1%

      1.) A married couple(s)

      4%

      2.) Single person(s)

      1%

      3.) Lay missioner(s)

      1%

      4.) Teens/young adults

      1%

      5.) Children

      1%

      6.) An ecumenical group

      10%

      7.) Sister(s) of another institute

      <1%

      8.) Men and women religious

      1%

      9.) Family member(s) of one of the Sisters

      78%

      10.) Sister(s) of my own institute

      14%

      11.) I live alone

      1%

      12.) An interfaith group

      (p.173)

  20. 104. Other than a name listed near the doorbell, is there any visible sign, symbol or structure that makes clear to the public that Sisters live in your home? NR=2%

    • 55%

      1.) No

      44

      2.) Yes

      1

      3.) Unsure

  21. 105. How many of the ten houses closest to yours know that there are Sisters in your house?

    • N=2,509 Avg.=7 Median=10

  22. 106. Do you live in close physical proximity to where you work (e.g., on campus, in the same compound, etc.) NR=3%

    • 52%

      1.) No

      48

      2.) Yes

  23. 107. How close do you live to the nearest Sisters of your institute (those not living with you)?

    • NR=4%

    • 67%

      1.) Within 10 miles

      17

      2.) 11–50 miles

      16

      3.) More than 50 miles

  24. 108. Do you live in what is considered the house of another institute or group? NR=1%

    • 93%

      1.) No

      7

      2.) Yes

  25. 109. Do youth and young adults visit your home? NR=1%

    • 21%

      1.) Regularly

      60

      2.) Once in a while

      19

      3.) Never

  26. 110. Is hospitality to young people who are discerning their vocation held as a value of your community? NR=1%

    • 6%

      1.) No

      84

      2.) Yes

      10

      3.) Unsure

  27. 111. Do you have a guest room in your community? NR=1%

    • 11%

      1.) No

      75

      2.) Yes

      14

      3.) There is extra space for a guest but not a room

  28. (p.174) 112. How many rooms in your home are considered community rooms? NR=9%

    • N=2,500 Avg.=3 Median=2

    • 112a. Of those, how many do not have a television set in them? NR=23%

    • N=2,102 Avg.=2 Median=1

  29. 113. Is there a common prayer space in your community? NR=6%

    • 60%

      1.) Yes, with the Blessed Sacrament

      19

      2.) Yes, without the Blessed Sacrament

      21

      3.) No

  30. 114. If you live alone, what do you consider to be your primary community? NR=79%

    • 14%

      1.) Family

      13

      2.) Co-workers

      17

      3.) Friends

      48

      4.) Your institute

      8

      5.) Other

IF YOU LIVE ALONE, PLEASE SKIP THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS 115 TO 139.

14% Live Alone (NR reported below does not include these 14 percent who live alone)

  1. 115. Which holidays are regularly celebrated together by your community on the day itself?

    • (Check all that apply.)

    • 53%

      1.) Thanksgiving

      55%

      2.) Christmas

      58%

      3.) Easter

  2. 116. How often is a meal eaten together by your community? NR=5%

    • 35%

      1.) More than once a day

      24

      2.) Once a day

      11

      3.) Monday-Friday

      19

      4.) Monday-Thursday

      7

      5.) Twice a week

      2

      6.) Once a week

      2

      7.) Few times a month

      <1

      8.) Few times a year

      <1

      9.) Never

  3. 117. How often do you pray (not the blessing of meals) with the members of your community?

    • 37%

      1.) More than once a day NR=5%

      14

      2.) Once a day

      17

      3.) Monday-Friday

      13

      4.) Monday-Thursday

      6

      5.) Twice a week

      4

      6.) Once a week

      4

      7.) Few times a month

      3

      8.) Few times a year

      2

      9.) Never

      (p.175)

  4. 118. Please choose the style of common prayer that you use most frequently as a community:

    • 26%

      1.) Prayer of Christians (red book) NR=8%

      14

      2.) 1988 New Companion to the Breviary (gray book)

      13

      3.) 1997 People’s Companion to the Breviary (2-volume psalter)

      20

      4.) Common prayer book of your congregation

      10

      5.) Scripture sharing

      14

      6.) Creative, non-conventional

      3

      7.) We do not have common prayer

  5. 119. Is music used regularly in common prayer? NR=5%

    • 26%

      1.) Tapes and CDs

      16

      2.) Singing of psa1m(s) or song(s)

      <1

      3.) Playing of instruments

      42

      4.) We use music and we sing

      13

      5.) We do not use music or sing

      3

      6.) We do not have common prayer

  6. 120. Do you as a community pray for vocations to the vowed religious life? NR=4%

    • 32%

      1.) Daily

      19

      2.) Weekly

      8

      3.) Monthly

      33

      4.) Once in a while

      8

      5.) Never

  7. 121. How often is Eucharistic liturgy celebrated in your community? NR=5%

    • 36%

      1.) Daily

      6

      2.) More than once a week

      6

      3.) Weekly

      1

      4.) More than once a month

      3

      5.) Monthly

      16

      6.) Few times a year

      32

      7.) Never

  8. (p.176) 122. How often is a Communion service held in your community? NR=7%

    • 5%

      1.) Daily

      3

      2.) More than once a week

      5

      3.) Weekly

      2

      4.) More than once a month

      1

      5.) Monthly

      24

      6.) Few times a year

      60

      7.) Never

  9. 123. How often do you have formal community meetings? NR=5%

    • 17%

      1.) Weekly

      12

      2.) Semi-monthly

      33

      3.) Monthly

      28

      4.) Few times a year

      10

      5.) Never

  10. 124. How often does the community spend a day of prayer together? NR=6%

    • 28%

      1.) Monthly

      39

      2.) Few times a year

      33

      3.) Never

  11. 125. How often does your community spend a day of relaxation together? NR=6%

    • 26%

      1.) Monthly

      56

      2.) Few times a year

      18

      3.) Never

  12. 126. In the course of this year, how often did your community spend a weekend away together in order to relax? NR=5%

    • 12%

      1.) Few times a year

      15

      2.) A couple of times a year

      17

      3.) Once

    • 56 4.) Never

  13. 127. In the course of this year, did.your community go on vacation together? NR=5%

    • 16%

      1.) Yes, all were able to go

      12

      2.) Yes, some were able to go

      72

      3.) No

  14. 128. What is the form of governance for your community? NR=6%

    • 52%

      1.) Collegial

      13

      2.) Coordinator

      34

      3.) Local Superior

  15. (p.177) 129. Are there written goals for the community? NR=5%

    • 31%

      1.) No

      66

      2.) Yes

      3

      3.) Unsure

    • 129a. If yes, are they reviewed annually? NR=33%

    • 9%

      1.) No

      87

      2.) Yes

      4

      3.) Unsure

  16. 130. How many Sisters have not yet made final vows in your community? (Indicate NA if not applicable). NR=34%

    • N=1,432 Avg.=2 Median=1

  17. 131. Do you live with your best friend? NR=6%

    • 77%

      1.) No

      23

      2.) Yes

  18. 132. The following questions ask about Sisters in your community. To the best of your knowledge, how many of the Sisters in your community, including yourself, are:

    • N

      Avg

      Med

      488

      5

      2

      1.) Above 90 years

      724

      10

      3

      2.) 80–89 years

      1022

      10

      2

      3.) 70–79 years

      1287

      8

      2

      4.) 60–69 years

      1554

      6

      2

      5.) 50–59 years

      1380

      3

      2

      6.) 40–49 years

      830

      3

      1

      7.) 30–39 years

      467

      2

      1

      8.) 20–29 years

      298

      <1

      0

      9.) Under 20 years

  19. 133. To the best of your knowledge, in terms of length of time in the house, how many Sisters in your community, including yourself, have lived there for:

    • N

      Avg

      Med

      200

      6

      1

      1.) Over 60 years

      208

      6

      2

      2.) 50–59 years

      235

      6

      2

      3.) 40–49 years

      324

      5

      2

      4.) 30–39 years

      517

      4

      2

      5.) 20–29 years

      924

      4

      2

      6.) 10–19 years

      1153

      4

      2

      7.) 5–9 years

      1553

      4

      3

      8.) Less than 5 years

  20. 134. How long ago did the Sisters in your community, including yourself, enter religious life?

    • On each line, indicate the number of Sisters who entered:

      N

      Avg

      Med

      314

      4

      1

      1.) Over 70 years ago

      574

      6

      2

      2.) 60–69 years ago

      909

      6

      2

      3.) 50–59 years ago

      1157

      5

      2

      4.) 40–49 years ago

      1365

      4

      2

      5.) 30–39 years ago

      1182

      2

      1

      6.) 20–29 years ago

      920

      2

      1

      7.) 10–19 years; ago

      703

      3

      1

      8.) 9 years ago or less

  21. (p.178) 135. Are you the youngest Sister in the community? NR=4%

    • 53%

      1.) No

      47

      2.) Yes

  22. 136. In terms of years in religious life, are you the newest Sister in the community? NR=4%

    • 58%

      1.) No

      42

      2.) Yes

  23. 137. How many years ago did the last person enter into your community? NR=10%

    • N=2,093 Avg.=7 Median=2

  24. 138. With reference to ministries in the community, the sisters are NR=5%

    • 80%

      1.) In a variety of ministries

      16

      2.) In the same ministry

      4

      3.) Not applicable

  25. 139. Would your community be a good one for a sister in formation (who has not made final vows)? NR=4%

    • 14%

      1.) No

      72

      2.) Yes

      14

      3.) Unsure

  26. 140. Is there a pet in the community? NR=1%

    • 11%

      1.) Dog

      9

      2.) Cat

      75

      3.) Neither

      5

      4.) Both

  27. 141. How many communities have you lived in since entrance? NR=2%

    • N=2,692 Avg.=6 Median=6

  28. 142. How many full-time ministries have you had since entrance? NR=5%

    • N=2,609 Avg.=3 Median=3

  29. 143. lf applicable, please estimate the percentage of communities in your institute in which you would be happy to see a newer member placed. NR=27%

    • N=2,010 Avg.=39% Median=30%

  30. 144. How many years have you lived in this community? NR=3%

    • N=2,655 Avg.=8 Median=5

Spiritual and Religious Structures

  1. 145. Were you a participant in a post-Final Vow retention program of your institute? NR=3%

    • 29%

      1.) No

      9

      2.) Yes

      7

      3.) I have not made Final Vows

      55

      4.) We do not have such a program

  2. (p.179) 146. Were you a participant in a post-Silver Jubilee retention program of your institute? NR=11%

    • 96%

      1.) No

      4

      2.) Yes

  3. 147. Have you been a participant in an institute gathering of Sisters who have entered since Vatican II or a gathering of Sisters 55 years of age and younger? NR=2%

    • 48%

      1.) No

      52

      2.) Yes

  4. 148. Have you been a participant in an inter-congregational gathering of Sisters who have entered since Vatican II or a gathering of Sisters 55 years of age and younger? NR=2%

    • 67%

      1.) No

      33

      2.) Yes

  5. 149. Do you participate in a feminist spirituality group on a regular basis? NR=1%

    • 90%

      1.) No

      10

      2.) Yes

  6. 150. How often do you attend Mass? NR=<1%

    • 35%

      1.) Daily

      20

      2.) 4–6 times a week

      16

      3.) 2–3 times a week

      24

      4.) Weekly

      2

      5.) Monthly

      3

      6.) Rarely

      <1

      7.) Never

  7. 151. Did you attend daily Mass before entrance? NR=<1%

    • 62%

      1.) No

      38

      2.) Yes

  8. 152. Where do you usually attend Sunday Mass? NR=1%

    • 36%

      1.) Parish in whose geographical boundaries I live

      17

      2.) The parish where I work

      21

      3.) Another parish

      18

      4.) In my residence

      8

      5.) None of the above

  9. 153. In the last six months, have you been active in any group or committee in the parish you attend? NR=7%

    • 62%

      1.) No

      38

      2.) Yes

  10. (p.180) 154. In the last year, have you done the following? (Check all that apply).

    • 52%

      1.) Made a 6–8 day directed retreat

      39%

      2.) Made a private retreat

      24%

      3.) Made a preached retreat

      61%

      4.) Gone to a spiritual director

      68%

      5.) Made a day(s) of recollection

      7%

      6.) Participated in a 12-step meeting

      6%

      7.) Participated in a charismatic prayer meeting

      40%

      8.) Gone to a social justice meeting

      41%

      9.) Gone to Eucharistic Adoration

  11. 155. How long do you spend in personal (not communal) prayer every day? NR=1%

    • 49%

      1.) Less than an hour

      40

      2.) 1 hour

      9

      3.) 2 hours

      2

      4.) 3 hours

      <1

      5.) 4 hours

      <1

      6.) More than 4 hrs.

  12. 156. Think of your five closest friends. How many of the five are members of your institute?

    • N=2,676 Avg.=3 Median=3

  13. 157. Please rate the following regarding how well each supports your vocation:

    • 1=Not at all supportive 2= Moderately unsupportive 3=Not applicable 4=Moderately supportive 5=Very supportive

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      1

      3

      9

      21

      66

      1.) The community in which you live

      <1

      1

      2

      14

      83

      2.) Your friends in the institute

      <1

      3

      3

      35

      59

      3.) Friends outside the institute

      2

      5

      2

      34

      56

      4.) Family

      1

      3

      1

      24

      71

      5.) The leadership of your institute

      <1

      3

      2

      35

      60

      6.) The membership of your institute

      <1

      2

      22

      31

      45

      7.) Sisters in other institutes

      2

      3

      13

      34

      48

      8.) Co-workers

  14. 158. Who of the following do you consider to be a member of your institute? (Check all that apply.)

    • 97%

      1.) A sister who has made final vows

      95%

      2.) A sister who has made temporary vows

      59%

      4.) A postulant

      33%

      5.) A candidate

      87%

      3.) A novice 15% 6.) A woman who was formerly a vowed Sister in your institute (not now an associate)

  15. (p.181) 159. Does your institute have the following? (Check all that apply.)

    • 84%

      1.) associates/oblates

      73%

      2.) benefactors

      17%

      3.) lay missioners

  16. 160. Which of the following do you consider to be members of your institute? (Check all that apply.)

    • 50%

      1.) associates/oblates

      11%

      2.) benefactors

      7%

      3.) lay missioners

      17%

      4.) former Sisters in your institute

  17. 161. Do you believe that a person has to be Catholic in order to be a member of your institute?

    • 16%

      1.) No  NR=3%

      74 2.) Yes

      10 3.) Not sure

  18. 162. Please rate your level of satisfaction with how actively the following are invited by your institute to be Sisters. 1 = Not at all satisfied 2 = Moderately dissatisfied 3 = Don’t know/Not applicable 4 = Moderately satisfied 5 = Completely satisfied

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      20

      20

      17

      26

      17

      1.) Women of color

      17

      19

      23

      24

      16

      2.) Poor women

      17

      17

      29

      22

      15

      3.) Immigrant women

      7

      13

      13

      40

      27

      4.) Working class women

      4

      8

      10

      42

      36

      5.) Professional women

  19. 163. Using the scale in the above response, please rate your level of satisfaction with how well your institute is:

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      10

      22

      8

      43

      16

      1.) Inviting a new generation of Sisters

      7

      18

      8

      48

      19

      2.) Forming new Sisters

      7

      16

      7

      50

      21

      3.) Retaining Sisters

  20. 164. Rate how much encouragement to enter is given to each of the following groups by your institute: 1 = Strongly discouraged 2=Somewhat discouraged 3= We do not have such a program 4 = Somewhat encouraged 5 = Strongly encouraged

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      2

      2

      2

      29

      66

      1.) Women who want to be vowed sisters

      2

      3

      15

      31

      49

      2.) Women who want to be associates

      2

      2

      69

      13

      13

      3.) Women who want to be lay missioners

  21. 165. There is discussion about a “new form of religious life.” Is that term used in your institute at assemblies, in discussions, etc.? NR=2%

    • 27%

      1.) Frequently

      47

      2.) Once in awhile

      26

      3.) Never

  22. (p.182) 166. Do you think that you know what the term “new form of religious life” means? NR=2%

    • 29% 1.) No 31 2.) Yes 40 3.) Unsure

    • 166a. If yes, please specify what it means? NR=68%

  23. 167. Do you know what Sisters in your institute mean when they use the term “new form of religious life”? NR=3%

    • 23%

      1.) No

      16

      2.) Yes

      44

      3.) Unsure

      17

      4.) That term is not used

    • 167a. If yes, please specify what they mean? NR=83%

  24. 168. Rate the following possible responses to the statement—The heart of religious life is:

    • Please use 1 = Strongly agree 2 = Agree 3 = Don’t know 4 = Disagree 5 = Strongly Disagree

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      57

      33

      4

      5

      2

      1.) The vows

      49

      35

      4

      9

      2

      2.) Communal living

      36

      46

      3

      13

      2

      3.) Ministry

      63

      31

      1

      3

      1

      4.) Personal prayer

      51

      40

      3

      5

      1

      5.) Communal prayer

  25. 169. Rate the emphasis of each of the following in your formation, 1 = Greatly stressed 2 = Somewhat stressed 3 = Not at all stressed

    • 1

      2

      3

      57

      34

      9

      1.) Mission

      54

      40

      6

      2.) Ministry

      77

      21

      2

      3.) Communal living

      84

      14

      2

      4.) Personal prayer

      80

      18

      2

      5.) Communal prayer

    • Please rate each of the following three questions: 1 = Definitely a violation 2 = A minor violation 3= Don’t know 4 = Mayor may not be a violation depending on circumstances 5 = Not at all a violation

  26. 170. Using the above scale, rate each of the following in regard to the violation of the vow of poverty.

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      42

      16

      2

      38

      2

      1.) Not living simply

      45

      18

      2

      34

      2

      2.) Not sharing what one has

      26

      13

      3

      52

      7

      3.) Not turning in money gifts or turning over ownership of goods or property

      59

      5

      3

      30

      4

      4.) Producing income for oneself

      76

      8

      3

      10

      3

      5.) Not having a concern for the poor

  27. (p.183) 171. Using the above scale, rate each of the following in regard to the violation of the vow of chastity (celibacy)?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      85

      3

      1

      10

      1

      1.) Engagement in genital sexual activity

      52

      13

      2

      31

      3

      2.) Involvement in an exclusive relationship

      12

      6

      4

      47

      31

      3.) Not living communally

      25

      15

      9

      46

      5

      4.) Allowing the sharing of one’s love to be limited in some way

      60

      12

      7

      17

      5

      5.) Not having a concern for the unloved

  28. 172. Using the above scale, rate each of the following in regard to the violation of the vow of obedience?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      40

      14

      5

      29

      12

      1.) Not praying regularly

      24

      6

      2

      63

      6

      2.) Not obeying a superior

      33

      15

      11

      37

      5

      3.) Not assuming collegial authority

      33

      13

      6

      45

      4

      4.) Not listening to the call of one’s Sisters

      49

      12

      13

      18

      8

      5.) Not having a concern for those who are not free

  29. 173. Which one element of your formation program continues to be foundational to your religious life?

  30. 174. Which one element do you wish you received more of during your formation?

  31. 175. Rate the emphasis on each in your formation. 1 = Greatly stressed 2 = Somewhat stressed 3 = Not at all stressed

    • 1

      2

      3

      13

      39

      48

      1.) Creation theology/spirituality

      8

      36

      58

      2.) Feminist theology/spirituality

      12

      40

      48

      3.) Liberation theology/spirituality

      60

      35

      5

      4.) Traditional theologies/spiritualities

      84

      13

      4

      5.) Other (specify)

  32. 176. Which theologies/spiritualities are influential in your life today? 1 = Very influential 2 = Somewhat influential 3 = Not at all influential

    • 1

      2

      3

      41

      44

      14

      1.) Creation theology/spirituality

      32

      50

      19

      2.) Feminist theology/spirituality

      33

      48

      19

      3.) Liberation theology/spirituality

      37

      53

      11

      4.) Traditional theologies/spiritualities

      83

      14

      3

      5.) Other (specify)

  33. 177. Why did you enter the form of religious life you did, e.g, apostolic, contemplative, etc.?

  34. 178. Why did you enter your particular institute?

  35. 179. Why do you stay?

(p.184) Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate and the National Religious Vocation Conference

Survey of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life

Institutes of Women Religious Only, 2009

N=429

Type of Institute or Society

  1. 1. Gender of members: N/A 1. Men 100% 2. Women.

  2. 2. Canonical Status:

    • 4%

      1. Public association of the faithful

      94

      2. Religious institute

      2

      3. Society of apostolic life NR=4%

  3. 3. Status of the institute or society: NR=4%

    • 13%

      1. Diocesan right

      87

      2. Pontifical right

  4. Character or lifestyle of the institute or society (check all that apply):

    • 70%

      4. Apostolic

      28

      5. Contemplative

      4

      6.Conventual

      3

      7. Eremitic

      12

      8. Evangelical

      18

      9. Monastic

Demographic Data

  • Please indicate the number in each category in your unit:

    • Avg=.55

      10. Pre-candidates/aspirants (before entrance)

      Median=0

      Avg=.42

      11. Candidates/postulants (before novitiate)

      Median=0

      Avg=.75

      12. Novices

      Median=0

      Avg=1.66

      13. Temporary vows/commitment

      Median=0

      Avg=110

      14. Final/perpetual vows/commitment

      Median=55

    • Items 15–19 applied to men’s institutes only

  • (p.185) Please indicate the number of candidates/postulants, novices, and temporary professed in your unit who were born in each decade:

    • Candidates/Postulants

      Novices

      Temporary Professed

      Before 1940

      20. Avg=.00

      27. Avg=.00

      34. Avg=.03

      1940–1949

      21. Avg=.02

      28. Avg=.03

      35. Avg=.08

      1950–1959

      22. Avg=.06

      29. Avg=.09

      36. Avg=.22

      1960–1969

      23. Avg=.06

      30. Avg=.09

      37. Avg=.31

      1970–1979

      24. Avg=.11

      31. Avg=.19

      38. Avg=.49

      1980–1989

      25. Avg=.21

      32. Avg=.24

      39. Avg=.45

      1990 or later

      26. Avg=.02

      33. Avg=.00

      40. Avg=.03

  • Please indicate the number of finally professed members in your unit who were born in each decade:

    • Avg=12.5

      41. Before 1920

      Avg=6.5 45.

      1950–1959

      Avg=28.3

      42. 1920–1929

      Avg=2.4 46.

      1960–1969

      Avg=34.8

      43. 1930–1939

      Avg=.84 47.

      1970–1979

      Avg=24.4

      44. 1940–1949

      Avg=.13 48.

      1980 or later

      Avg=70

      49. Average age of finally professed members

      Med=74

      50. Median age of finally professed members

  • Please indicate the number of candidates/postulants, novices, and temporary professed in your unit in each racial or ethnic category:

    • Avg=.16

      51. African American/Black/African

      Avg=.47

      52. Asian/Pacific Islander

      Avg=1.8

      53. Caucasian/White/Anglo

      Avg=.49

      54. Hispanic/Latino(a)

      Avg=.02

      55. Native American/American Indian

      Avg=.03

      56. Other:____________________________________________

  • Please indicate the number of finally professed members in your unit in each racial or ethnic category:

    • Avg=.64

      57. African American/Black/African

      Avg=2

      58. Asian/Pacific Islander

      Avg=99

      59. Caucasian/White/Anglo

      Avg=3

      60. Hispanic/Latino(a)

      Avg=.16

      61. Native American/American Indian

      Avg=.06

      62. Other:_______________________________________

(p.186) Vocation Ministry

  1. 63. Does your unit have a vocation director?

    • 85

      1. Yes

      15

      2. No NR=1

  2. 64. If yes, which best describes the vocation director?

    • 98

      1. A member of your unit

      .5

      2. A member of another unit of your institute, society, or federation

      0

      3. A member of another institute or society

      .3

      4. An associate

      .5

      5. A lay person who is not a member or associate

  3. 65. Is the vocation director engaged in vocation ministry:

    • 44 1. Full-time 56 2. Part-time NR=17

  4. 66. Does your unit have a vocation team, i.e., more than

    • one person directly responsible for vocation ministry?

    • 56 1. Yes  44 2. No  NR=7

    • Avg=4 67. Number of members of the vocation team

  5. If your unit has a vocation team, please indicate if it includes the following (check all that apply):

    • 53

      68. Member(s)

      8

      69. Associate(s)

      4

      70. Other lay person(s) who is/are not member(s) or associate(s)

  6. 71. If your unit has a vocation director and/or team,

    • what is the scope of his/her/their responsibilities?

    • 95

      1. Your unit only

      4

      2. More than one unit of your institute, society, or federation (e.g., two or more provinces)

      1

      3. More than one institute or society NR=15

  7. Please indicate if your unit sponsors or co-sponsors the following discernment programs (check all that apply):

    • 25

      72. Discernment groups

      51

      73. Discernment retreats

      71

      74. “Come and See” experiences

      12

      75. Discernment house

      56

      76. Live-in experiences

      32

      77. Ministry/mission experiences

  8. Please indicate if your unit has used any of the following for vocation promotion in the last five years (check all that apply):

    • 73

      78. Advertising

      85

      79. Website/Internet

      91

      80. Print materials

      6

      81. TV

      8

      82. Radio

      18

      83. Other:___________

  9. (p.187) Please indicate if your unit sponsors or co-sponsors vocation promotion or discernment programs specifically targeted toward these age groups (check all that apply):

    • 41

      84. Elementary school

      58

      85. High school

      63

      86. College

      69

      87. Young adults (20s and 30s)

      29

      88. Mature adults (over age 40)

  10. Please indicate if your unit requires the following for admission (check all that apply):

    • 94

      89. Medical assessment

      80

      90. Psychological testing

      66

      91. Behavioral assessment

      69

      92. Background check

Formation/Incorporation Ministry

  • Please indicate the number of individuals in each category in your unit. If your unit has been reconfigured since 1990, please include the numbers for the units that are now part of your unit:

    • Avg=11

      93. Total number who entered since Jan.1, 1990

      Avg= 6

      94. Of the total in #93, number who remain

  • Of those who entered and then departed since 1990, please indicate the number who departed at each stage:

    • Avg=2

      95. During candidacy/postulancy

      Avg=2

      96. During novitiate

      Avg=1

      97. During temporary vows/commitment

      Avg=.3

      98. After final/perpetual vows/commitment

  • Please indicate the typical number of years that are required for each period of initial formation or incorporation in your unit (if less than a year, please specify the number of months):

    • Avg=1

      99. Pre-candidacy/aspirancy (before entrance)

      Avg=1

      100. Candidacy/postulancy (before novitiate)

      Avg=2

      101. Novitiate

      Avg=4

      102. Temporary vows/commitment

  • Does the unit have the following requirements for admission to candidacy/postulancy?

    • Yes

      No

      90

      11

      103. Minimum age (please specify): Avg=20

      76

      24

      104. Maximum age (please specify): Avg=44

      82

      20

      105. Minimum education

      59

      51

      106. Minimum work experience

  • (p.188) 107. If yes to #105 and/or #106, please describe:

  • Do candidates/postulants in your unit spend all or part of their formation with religious others from:

    • Yes

      No

      38

      62

      108. Other units of your institute, society, federation

      29

      71

      109. Other institutes or societies

  • Do novices in your unit spend all or part of their formation with others from:

    • Yes

      No

      52

      48

      110. Other units of your institute, society, federation

      44

      56

      111. Other institutes or societies

  • Do those in temporary vows/commitment in your unit spend all or part of their formation with others from:

    • Yes

      No

      51

      49

      112. Other units of your institute, society, federation

      27

      73

      113. Other institutes or societies

Reconfiguration

    • Yes

      No

      16

      84

      114. Has your unit reconfigured since 1990?

      19

      81

      115. Is your unit in the process of reconfiguring?

  • 116. If yes to #114 and/or #115, please describe:

Ministry

  • Active/apostolic institutes or societies only (#117–127):

  • Please indicate the number of members of your unit who are:

    • Avg=59 117. Active in a full-time ministry

    • Median=35

    • Avg=24 118. Active in a part-time ministry

    • Median=13

    • Avg=50 119. Retired from active ministry

    • Median=26

  • Of members who are active (not retired from active ministry), number engaged in the following types of ministry:

    • Avg=25 120. Education

    • Median=11

    • Avg=11 121. Health care

    • Median=5

    • Avg=13 122. Pastoral ministry (e.g., parish, campus)

    • Median=7

    • Avg=4 123. Spiritual direction/retreat work

    • Median=2

    • (p.189) Avg=7 124. Social work/social service

    • Median=3

    • Avg=2 125. Social justice/advocacy

    • Median=1

    • Avg=16 126. Internal ministry

    • Median=10

    • Avg=15 127. Number of members serving in a ministry

    • Median=6 sponsored or co-sponsored by your unit

Community Life and Prayer

  • Please indicate the number of active members (not retired from active ministry) of your unit who:

    • Avg=17

      Median=3 128.

      Live alone

      Avg=20

      Median=9 129.

      Live in communities of 2 or 3

      Avg=15

      Median=6 130.

      Live in communities of 4 to 7

      Avg=23

      Median=9 131.

      Live in communities of 8+

  • Please indicate which of the following characterize the regular prayer life of a majority of members of your unit (check all that apply):

    • 89

      132. Daily Eucharist

      82

      133. Liturgy of the Hours

      48

      134. Non-liturgical common prayer

      26

      135. Common meditation

      63

      136. Faith sharing

  • Contemplative institutes only (#137–139):

  • Please indicate the number of members of your unit who are:

    • Avg=13

      137. Able to participate fully in prayer life

      Avg= 3

      138. Able to participate somewhat in prayer life

      Avg= 1

      139. Unable to participate in prayer life

Religious Habit

    • Yes

      No

      NR=3

      63

      37

      140. Do members of your unit wear a habit?

  1. 141. If yes, please describe:

  2. 142. If yes to #140, is wearing the habit: NR=4

    • 55

      1. Required in all or most circumstances

      9

      2. Required only at certain times (e.g., ministry, prayer)

      34

      3. Optional

      2

      4. Other:______________________________________________________

  3. (p.190) 143. If wearing the habit is optional, how many

    • members wear it all or most of the time?

    • 6

      1. None     NR=1

      73

      2. A few (less than 25%)

      12

      3. Some (25–49%)

      7

      4. Many (50–74%)

      3

      5. Most (75% or more)

  4. 144. Please describe any special vocation promotion or recruitment efforts your religious institute or society of apostolic life has undertaken in recent years. Attach additional sheets if necessary.

  5. 145. Please describe any special formation/incorporation programs your religious institute or society of apostolic life has undertaken in recent years. Attach additional sheets if necessary.

As part of this study for NRVC, CARA will survey those who have entered religious institutes and societies of apostolic life in the last two decades. Please list the names and contact information (address, city, state, and ZIP) for all those currently in initial formation (candidates/postulants, novices, and those in temporary vows/commitment) as well as those who professed final/perpetual vows/commitment in your unit since 1993. Please attach additional sheets if necessary.

Please provide the information below for the person completing this survey so we may contact you for clarifications about your responses:

Name and Title:

Institute/Society and Province:

Phone, FAX, and E-mail:

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

CARA/Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University

2300 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202-687-8080 Fax: 202-687-8083

©2008, All Rights Reserved

(p.191) Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate and the National Religious Vocation Conference

Survey of New Members

Women Religious Only, 2009 N=985

Percentage response for each item, calculated out of 100%, unless otherwise noted. NR (Non-response) separately calculated out of 100%.

  • How much did the following attract you to religious life?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      2

      3

      13

      83

      2

      1. A sense of call to religious life

      0

      3

      20

      76

      3

      2. A desire for prayer and spiritual growth

      3

      9

      28

      60

      4

      3. A desire to be part of a community

      2

      7

      27

      64

      3

      4. A desire to be of service

      10

      18

      28

      45

      5

      5. A desire to be more committed to the Church

  • How much did the following attract you to your religious institute?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      15

      19

      27

      39

      6

      6. The life and works of your founder/ess 4 10 28 58 4 7. The mission of the institute

      1

      6

      22

      71

      4

      8. The spirituality of the institute

      1

      6

      26

      67

      3

      9. The prayer life of the institute

      2

      7

      28

      63

      4

      10. The community life of the institute

      6

      14

      36

      44

      7

      11. The ministries of the institute

      12

      16

      19

      53

      5

      12. The institute’s fidelity to the Church

      4

      6

      20

      69

      5

      13. The example of members of the institute

      24

      13

      25

      38

      9

      14. A personal invitation by a member

      6

      7

      26

      62

      6

      15. Welcome and encouragement by members

  • How did you first become acquainted with your religious institute? Check all that apply.

    • 30

      16. In an institution where members served, e.g., school

      19

      17. Through working with a member of the institute

      5

      18. Through a relative in the institute

      17

      19. Through a friend in the institute

      31

      20. Through the recommendation of a friend or advisor

      6

      21. Through a vocation fair

      2

      22. Through a vocation match or placement service

      10

      23. Through an event sponsored by the institute

      5

      24. Through a media story about the institute or member

      17

      25. Through print or online promotional materials

      25

      26. Other:_____________________________________

      (p.192)

  • Did you participate in any of the following before you entered your religious institute? Check all that apply.

    • 18

      27. Diocesan vocation programs

      60

      28. Spiritual direction

      54

      29. Discernment retreat

      55

      30. “Come and See” experience

      35

      31. Live in experience with the institute

      21

      32. Ministry or mission experience with the institute

      13

      33. Regular meeting with a discernment group

      36

      34. Regular meeting with a vocation director

      32

      35. Regular meeting with a member(s) of the institute

      41

      36. Regular visits to communities

  • How helpful were the following when you were discerning your call to religious life?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      78

      13

      6

      4

      22

      37. General Catholic or diocesan websites

      75

      12

      8

      5

      23

      38. Vocation discernment websites

      60

      11

      14

      15

      21

      39. Websites of religious institutes

      48

      18

      24

      10

      17

      40. Newspaper or magazine articles

      41

      18

      24

      17

      15

      41. Print or online promotional materials, e.g., brochures, posters, ads

      69

      15

      10

      6

      21

      42. CDs, DVDs, or videos

      70

      12

      10

      8

      24

      43. Diocesan vocation programs

      18

      7

      19

      56

      15

      44. Spiritual direction

      27

      5

      14

      54

      19

      45. Discernment retreat

      27

      5

      14

      54

      19

      46. “Come and See” experience

      40

      4

      8

      48

      28

      47. Live in experiences

      43

      10

      15

      33

      30

      48. Ministry or mission experience

      63

      11

      14

      13

      35

      49. Meeting with a discernment group

      23

      8

      21

      48

      21

      50. Meeting with a vocation director

      10

      4

      19

      67

      17

      51. Meeting with a member(s) of the institute

      11

      4

      15

      70

      12

      52. Visits to communities

(p.193)

  • How much did these influence your decision to enter your religious institute?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      45

      18

      25

      13

      9

      53. The size of the institute

      40

      14

      23

      24

      7

      54. Its geographic location(s)

      54

      12

      15

      19

      26

      55. Its internationality, if applicable

      2

      5

      26

      68

      4

      56. Prayer life or prayer styles in the institute

      2

      4

      24

      70

      4

      57. Community life in the institute

      6

      6

      26

      63

      7

      58. The lifestyle of members

      73

      13

      10

      4

      11

      59. The racial/ethnic background of members

      43

      20

      24

      12

      9

      60. The ages of members

      13

      11

      34

      41

      8

      61. The types of ministry of its members

      25

      6

      13

      57

      5

      62. Its practice regarding a religious habit

  • How much encouragement did you receive from the following when you first considered entering your religious institute?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      3

      6

      24

      68

      6

      63. Members of your institute

      10

      6

      22

      61

      15

      64. Vocation director/team

      12

      5

      20

      63

      26

      65. Spiritual director, if applicable

      18

      13

      30

      38

      16

      66. Other men and women religious

      31

      15

      20

      33

      15

      67. Diocesan priests

      29

      16

      26

      29

      11

      68. Your parents, if applicable

      31

      21

      25

      23

      12

      69. Your siblings, if applicable

      32

      26

      26

      16

      14

      70. Other family members

      23

      16

      29

      32

      12

      71. People in your parish

      28

      19

      31

      22

      13

      72. People in your school or workplace

      23

      7

      21

      49

      28

      73. Friends within the institute

      15

      16

      33

      37

      11

      74. Friends outside the institute

  • How much encouragement do you currently receive from the following in your life and ministry as a member of your religious institute?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      <1

      5

      15

      80

      2

      75. Members of your institute

      2

      6

      17

      76

      3

      76. The leadership of your institute

      11

      8

      16

      65

      18

      77. Novice/formation director/team

      7

      3

      15

      75

      31

      78. Spiritual director, if applicable

      6

      9

      30

      55

      12

      79. Other men and women religious

      23

      14

      21

      42

      14

      80. Diocesan priests

      12

      9

      18

      61

      19

      81. Your parents, if applicable

      12

      12

      27

      49

      12

      82. Your siblings, if applicable

      14

      15

      30

      42

      13

      83. Other family members

      16

      11

      22

      51

      20

      84. People in your parish

      11

      9

      26

      54

      17

      85. People in your school or workplace

      3

      6

      25

      66

      13

      86. People with whom you minister

      4

      6

      24

      67

      12

      87. People to whom you minister

      1

      4

      16

      80

      10

      88. Friends within the institute

      4

      9

      30

      57

      9

      89. Friends outside the institute

      (p.194)

  • How important to you are these types of prayer?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      5

      7

      13

      75

      1

      90. Daily Eucharist

      7

      7

      15

      70

      1

      91. Liturgy of the Hours

      5

      13

      33

      49

      7

      92. Non-liturgical common prayer

      13

      14

      20

      53

      5

      93. Common meditation

      15

      12

      14

      59

      2

      94. Eucharistic Adoration

      16

      14

      21

      50

      2

      95. Other devotional prayer, e.g., rosary

      4

      11

      28

      57

      4

      96. Faith sharing

  • How important to you are these aspects of community life?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      2

      3

      10

      85

      2

      97. Living with other members

      0

      1

      8

      91

      2

      98. Praying with other members

      4

      9

      22

      65

      2

      99. Working with other members

      1

      3

      13

      83

      2

      100. Sharing meals together

      3

      4

      19

      75

      2

      101. Socializing/sharing leisure time together

  • How much do you prefer living in these settings?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      66

      15

      11

      8

      8

      102. Alone

      26

      27

      28

      18

      10

      103. In a small community of two or three

      11

      12

      33

      44

      9

      104. In a medium-sized community of 4 to 7

      12

      11

      26

      52

      6

      105. In a large community of 8 or more

      2

      4

      26

      68

      4

      106. With members of different ages

      3

      9

      37

      51

      8

      107. With members of different cultures

      12

      13

      28

      47

      13

      108. With members in different ministries

      11

      11

      23

      56

      9

      109. With only members of your institute

      13

      14

      36

      37

      34

      110. With members of other units of your institute, e.g., other provinces

      35

      27

      28

      10

      19

      111. With members of other institutes

      51

      20

      18

      11

      22

      112. With associates

  • (p.195) How much do you prefer ministry in these settings?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      3

      9

      22

      67

      10

      113. With other members of your institute

      8

      14

      36

      43

      35

      114. With members of other units of your institute, e.g., other provinces

      9

      21

      45

      25

      19

      115. With members of other institutes

      5

      9

      27

      59

      14

      116. In a ministry sponsored by your institute

      18

      17

      34

      32

      18

      117. In a parish or diocesan ministry

      14

      20

      41

      25

      20

      118. With an organization that is Catholic but is not sponsored by your institute

      31

      31

      29

      9

      20

      119. With an organization that is religious but is not Catholic

      50

      25

      19

      7

      20

      120. With an organization that is not religious

  1. How would you rate the following in your religious institute?

    • 1

      2

      3

      4

      NR

      4

      15

      35

      46

      2

      121. Efforts to promote vocations

      3

      11

      29

      56

      2

      122. Welcome and support of newer members

      4

      13

      32

      51

      2

      123. Formation/incorporation programs

      4

      12

      33

      51

      3

      124. Opportunities for ongoing formation

      3

      10

      28

      60

      5

      125. Educational opportunities

      4

      15

      35

      46

      9

      126. Preparation for ministry

      1

      4

      25

      70

      1

      127. Opportunities for spiritual growth

      2

      6

      30

      63

      2

      128. Opportunities for personal growth

      3

      7

      27

      64

      2

      129. Sense of identity as religious

      2

      8

      24

      66

      4

      130. Sense of identity as institute members

      1

      7

      26

      67

      2

      131. Fidelity to the Church and its teachings

      0

      3

      22

      75

      1

      132. Faithfulness to prayer and spiritual growth

      1

      5

      28

      66

      5

      133. Focus on mission

      0

      3

      23

      75

      5

      134. Commitment to ministry

      1

      8

      29

      63

      2

      135. Response to the needs of our time

      3

      11

      36

      50

      7

      136. Efforts to promote social justice

      3

      13

      37

      47

      2

      137. Quality of community life

      2

      10

      32

      56

      4

      138. Communal prayer experiences

      4

      11

      44

      41

      2

      139. Relationships with one another

    • (p.196)

      Yes

      No

      69

      31 1

      140. Do members of your institute wear a habit?

      141. If yes to #140, is wearing the habit NR=3

      74

      1. Required in all or most circumstances

      4

      2. Required only at certain times, e.g., ministry, prayer

      18

      3. Optional

      3

      4. Other:______________________________

      142. If yes to #140, and wearing the habit is optional, how many members wear it all or most of the time?

      0

      1. None NR=1

      73

      2. A few (less than 25%)

      18

      3. Some (25–49%)

      4

      4. Many (50–74%)

      5

      5. Most (75% or more)

      143. If yes to #140, and wearing the habit is optional, how frequently do you wear it? NR=4

      77

      1. Never

      2

      2. Once in a while

      6

      3. Only at certain times, e.g., ministry, prayer

      15

      4. In all or most circumstances

    • Yes

      No      NR=7

      23

      77

      144. If your institute does not have a habit, would you wear one if that was an option? NR=6

      90

      10

      145. Were you employed before you entered?

      146. If yes to #145, were you employed NR=6 81 1. Full-time 19 2. Part-time

      73

      27

      147. Were you engaged in ministry before you entered? NR=6

      148. If yes to #147, were you engaged in ministry

      • 36

        1. Full-time NR=4

        10

        2. Part-time

        54

        3. Volunteer

  2. Were you involved in any of the following before you entered? Check all that apply.

    • 37

      149. Youth ministry or group

      29

      150. Young adult ministry or group

      27

      151. Campus ministry or group

      52

      152. Liturgical ministry, e.g., lector, extraordinary minister

      36

      153. Music ministry, cantor, choir

      42

      154. Faith formation, catechetical ministry, RCIA

      54

      155. Other volunteer work in a parish or other setting

      47

      156. Retreats

      13

      157. World Youth Day

      36

      158. Faith-sharing group

      8

      159. Religious institute volunteer program, e.g., Mercy or Jesuit Volunteer Corps

      (p.197)

  3. 160. What is your current status in your religious institute?

    • 2

      1. Candidate/postulant NR=<1

      9

      2. Novice

      27

      3. Temporary vows/commitment

      62

      4. Final/perpetual vows/commitment

  4. 161. Are you: 0 1. Male 100 2. Female NR=<1

  5. 162. If male, are you (or do you expect to be) a

    • N/A 1. Brother N/A 2. Priest NR=N/A

  6. 163. What best describes your racial or ethnic background?

    • 3

      1. African American/Black/African NR=1

      8

      2. Asian/Pacific Islander

      79

      3. Caucasian/White/Anglo

      8

      4. Hispanic/Latino(a)

      <1

      5. Native American/American Indian

      1

      6. Other:_________________________

    • Yes

      No     NR=1

      82

      18

      164. Were you born in the U.S.?

      165. If no to #164, country of birth: _______________

  7. Please provide the following information:

    • Avg=1965

      166. Year you were born

      Avg=1997

      167. Year you entered your religious institute

      Avg=2004

      168. Year you professed/expect to profess final vows/perpetual commitment

      N/A

      169. Year you were ordained/expect to be ordained to the priesthood

      Avg=20

      170. Age you first considered religious life

    • Yes

      No

      14

      86

      171. Did you enter another religious institute before this one?

      Avg=11

      172. If yes, number of years in that institute.

      89 11

      173. Were you raised Catholic?

      Avg=26

      174. If you became Catholic as an adult, age you entered the Catholic Church

      10 90

      175. Were you ever married?

      7 93

      176. Do you have any children?

      4 96

      177. Were you ever home-schooled?

      Avg=8

      178. If yes, number of years home-schooled

  8. (p.198) Did you attend any of the following before you entered? Check all that apply.

    • 51

      179. Parish-based religious education/CCD/RCIA

      56

      180. Catholic elementary or middle school

      42

      181. Catholic high school

      38

      182. Catholic college or university

      12

      183. Ministry formation program

      6

      184. Other:___________________________

  9. 185. What was the highest level of education you NR=1 completed before you entered your religious institute?

    • 13

      1. High school or less

      20

      2. Some college

      43

      3. Bachelor’s degree

      18

      4. Master’s degree

      4

      5. Doctoral degree

      2

      6. Other:_________________

  10. 186. If you continued your education after you entered, what is the highest level of education you completed?

    • 1

      1. High school or less

      12

      2. Some college

      19

      3. Bachelor’s degree

      51

      4. Master’s degree

      5

      5. Doctoral degree

      12

      6. Other:_________________

  11. 187. Would you be willing to participate in a focus group?

    • 65 1. Yes 35 2. No

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