From Service to Sisterhood -- a great video produced by the Catholic Volunteer Network and featuring SCL candidate Mallorie Gerwitz.
WHO’S ENTERING RELIGIOUS LIFE?
Newer entrants identify their primary reasons for coming to religious life as a sense of call, a desire to deepen their prayer and spiritual life, and a desire to live and work with others who share their faith and values.
In the United States
• Newer entrants are attracted to communities that have a strong Catholic identity, are hopeful about their future, have members who live together in community, and have a structured prayer life.
• There are more than 66,000 religious sisters, brothers, and priests in the United States in more than 800 religious institutes (approximately 600 institutes of women and 200 of men).
• Nearly 1,000 U.S. women are in formation preparing to become sisters.
• More than 100 women and men in the U.S. profess perpetual vows annually.
• Fifty percent of new religious report that they were 17 or younger when they first considered a vocation to religious life.
• In 2014. approximately 477 entered priesthood — 266 to diocesan priesthood (from 114 dioceses) and 96 to religious priesthood. Among religious orders, the largest number of respondents came from the Jesuits, Dominicans, and Benedictines.
• The average age of entrance to religious life is 30 for men and 32 for women.
• Newer entrants are 58 percent Caucasian; 21 percent Hispanic/Latino/a; 14 percent Asian/Pacific Islander; 6 percent African American; 1 percent other.
• Seventy percent of newer entrants have a bachelor’s degree when they enter.
(From Vocation Fact Sheet, vocationnetwork.org).
SCL Year of Consecrated Life Calendar -- 2015
Make your way through the year with a calendar with themes and action steps developed by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth to observe and celebrate everyone's baptismal call to holiness. Click on the headline to download a copy of the calendar.
For other resources to observe the Year of Consecrated Life, click here.
Vincentian Family connection
The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth are part of the worldwide Vincentian family -- living the charism of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac.
During National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14, leadership of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs) has invited members of the religious community to pray for persons with whom they have ministered and with whom they continue to minister and for individuals served by the community over the past 157 years since its founding.
June 12-14, 2015 on the campus of the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kan.; co-sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison. Join us as a camper (6th through 8th grade girls) or counselors (college or high school young women).
It's early, but not too soon to look ahead and make plans to attend the Summer Leadership Camp
for girls entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.