The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Nun numbers decline

The Vatican is surveying U.S. Roman Catholic women’s communities, following declines in the number of nuns and increases in retirement expenses for religious sisters.

Nationwide, the Roman Catholic sisterhood has seen a 67 percent drop since 1965, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


Stephen Trost

Stephen Trost

Posted at 2:54 pm (U.S. Eastern) 5/29/2009

The Catholic sisterhood is actually in an upswing as new orders are being founded each year. The decline is in the older orders who threw off their customs, habits, life in common, common prayer for the "modern life".
It didn't work. Young women are not attracted to religious life that is not authentic and heroic. They ARE joining orders where the veil is still worn and life in common is present. The orders that reformed in the 1960's are destined to die out. Christ is again renewing the siterhood.

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