life of faith, no matter one’s chosenvocation, is never strictly about playing it safe. These religious from thepast 15 years know their communities are becoming smaller and thattheir ministries will be less aboutlarge institutions and more aboutworking collaboratively and creatively with other religious institutesand laypeople to meet spiritual andsocial needs. They are working foran authentic expression of religiouslife, and they consciously enteredthe life for its communal nature,countercultural values, and lifelongcommitment to poverty, chastity, andobedience. They are inspired by andmotivated to do ministry with andfor those in greatest need. Many arealready doing this. (See “VISIONSpotlight” on page 72.)
Who are these sisters, nuns, priestsand brothers? They are not verydifferent from the readers of VISION. VISION’s discerning readersinclude people of all types, but byand large they tend to be young andethnically diverse. In the NRVC
2020 Study on Recent Vocations toReligious Life, the demographic shiftsin the U.S. church toward morepeople of color are now showing upin religious life, too. Members whoentered since 2003 include moreAsians, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics,and blacks than any previous U.S.generation of religious. Because so
NEW SISTERS,brothers, and priestsare trending slightlyyounger than thepeople who joined 10years before them.
New members as reported by Major Superiors of Religious Institutes.