of most of our elder members and the closing of ourlarge institutions. We willbe smaller but the criticalyeast in our communities. Wewill be joined in mission andcharism with many laypeople,and together we will continueto be voices for peace, love,
traditions. This has greased thewheels for sharing other parts of life:retreats, ministry, and continuingeducation.
Being at the center of major shiftsin religious life is sometimes hard.
Young members highly value the wis-
dom and experience of their elders,
but it can be difficult to frequently be
the “young one” in the room. Nev-
ertheless, for many, the demographic
challenges represent a concern but
not an overwhelming worry. As one
new member who participated in a
study focus group put it:
We will come through thedifficult years of the death
Find an infographic of the 2020 Study on Recent Vocations to Religious Life at nrvc.net.
YOUNG MEMBERShighly value thewisdom andexperience of theirelders, but it can bedifficult to frequentlybe the “young one”in the room.
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