ELIGIOUS LIFE is supposed to be about “setting the world aflame”
with God’s love. It has waxed and waned, changed and evolved over
the centuries, and recently the National Religious Vocation Confer-
ence, VISION’s parent organization, surveyed the newest members of religious
life to capture their experience. These men and women are actually much like
their predecessors: resilient people of faith who are hopeful about their lives
and their future.
They joined religious life knowing it was a risk, as it has always been—aR
Our newest religious
possess an age-old
Christian virtue: hope
BY VISION EDITORS
What lies ahead for Catholic sisters, brothers, and priests
in the United States? New members to religious life
exhibit abundant hope during challenging times.
THE 2020 NRVC studyrevealed that newersisters, brothers, andpriests are excitedabout the possibilitiesbefore them.
COUR TES Y OF SISTERS OF S T. MAR Y OF OREGON