ESEARCH HAS SHOWN that more than 1,000 religious vocations
are lost each year due to educational debt. With the average student
debt at $35,000 (in 2016), religious communities simply cannot
afford to service the student loans of prospective candidates to religious life.
Young adults with educational debt either self-select out of the process of
entering religious life or must defer their vocations until they are debt-free,
which can take years.
Now, thanks to the 2015 establishment of the National Fund for Catholic
Religious Vocations (NFCRV), with inital funding from the Conrad N. Hilton
Foundation and GHR Foundation, eight religious communities are able to
welcome 10 new candidates (featured here) to pursue their dreams of becoming Catholic sisters. For information on the 2016 men’s and women’s community grantees and to the learn more about the fund, go to NFCRV.org.
DOMINICAN SISTERS OF PEACE
What is most surprising about religious life?
I thought sisters would be lonely. I didn’t see the role com-
munity played. Now as a candidate living in a community I
A new fund—aimed at tackling the problem of
educational debt—is helping 10 young women to pursue
their dream of becoming Catholic sisters.
SISTERS frequently study
theology and other
subjects during their
formation years. Pictured
here are theology
students at Catholic
NFCRV helps women