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New Generations of Catholic SistersThe Challenge of Diversity$
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Mary Johnson, Patricia Wittberg, and Mary L. Gautier

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199316847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316847.001.0001

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Navigating the Contemporary Religious Landscape

Navigating the Contemporary Religious Landscape

Discerning Distinctions with a Difference

(p.25) Chapter 2 Navigating the Contemporary Religious Landscape
New Generations of Catholic Sisters

Mary Johnson

Patricia Wittberg

Mary L. Gautier

Oxford University Press

The chapter first outlines larger societal changes that impact the likelihood of Catholic women considering a religious vocation. In the present spiritual marketplace, Catholics reflect a larger culture of religious choice, constructing their own religious identity—which may not be compatible with previous models institutes in canon law. Distinctions are drawn amongof vowed religious life. The second section of the chapter summarizes the official categories prescribed for Catholic religious consecrated life, secular institutes, and societies of apostolic life; among contemplative, monastic, and apostolic institutes; and between diocesan and pontifical institutes. Newly forming religious movements are described, as are the two umbrella conferences for Catholic sisterhoods in the United States: the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR).

Keywords:   Catholicism, Catholic sisters, religious choice, religious markets, canon law, consecrated life, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

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