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Pathways to Religious Life$
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Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190878153

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190878153.001.0001

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Associates and Religious Institutes

Associates and Religious Institutes

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Pathways to Religious Life

Jonathon Holland

Mary Johnson

Patricia Wittberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter is based on two national surveys of associates and vowed religious that CARA conducted in 2015, replicating a 2000–2002 CARA study of the same population. Both studies were commissioned by the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR). The chapter focuses on the relationship between associates and vowed religious, what attracts and sustains associates in this relationship, and how both groups view the future of the associate relationship. Most associates are attracted to the spiritual life and mission of the institute, which is how associates build their relationship with vowed religious. To continue this relationship, associates are willing to assume more control for associate activities. Aging populations and attracting younger members are a challenge for both associates and religious. Both groups are struggling to ensure sustainable leadership for the future.

Keywords:   religious life, spirituality, mission, religious leadership, associates, vowed religious

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