countries with booming vocations,
such as Vietnam and nigeria.
• Communities are “merging like
crazy,” said sister Mary Charlotte
Chandler, R.s.C.J., who served as
director of the Center for the study
of Religious Life in Chicago until
its closure in 2009. More than 150
have merged since 1999. To bolster
their numbers, combine resources,
and preserve their commitment to
their work, separate geographical
entities of the same congregations
are combining. And sometimes
similar communities are combining.
Sister Erin Zubel, O.S.U. (foreground) and other young sisters relax together during a
national gathering of Giving Voice, a network of sisters under age 50.
Communities come and go