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Online Intro to Canon Law

Canon Law 101 (series) This series of four webcasts introduces the participants to Canon Law, the rules that govern church order and discipline of the Roman Catholic Church. While it will touch matters of Religious Life, it is intended to be a more broad based introduction to Canon Law for those who work for for Religious Institutes, for other Church ministries, and for those who would like to deepen their understanding of Church Law Registration

Religious Life

  • Email Newsletter Subscribe to a free quarterly email newsletter covering canon law and US civil law topics that are particularly of interest to religious institutes and societies of apostolic life.
  • Covenant Project This project provides comprehensive service to religious institutes that wish to explore coming to their historical completion. In this difficult but grace-filled time, a community can live today's challenges with the same courage, fidelity and creativity that have marked its entire history. We assist communities in developing a timeline, in forming a web of relationships by identifying the covenant(s) and/or partnership(s) that will be helpful along the way and in putting the necessary documents. For more information.
  • Webcasts on Canon and Civil Law for Religious
    • Covenant Project Workshop Series of 4 webcasts is available On-Demand or CD-ROM. Webcasts cover Sponsorship, Eldercare, Administration and Canonical Leadership. http://www.ahereford.org/covenant Registration
    • Canon Law 101 (recorded series) - This series of four webcasts will introduce the the participants to Canon Law, the rules that govern church order and discipline of the Roman Catholic Church. While it will touch matters of Religious Life, it is intended to be a more broad based introduction to Canon Law for those who work for for Religious Institutes, for other Church ministries, and for those who would like to deepen their understanding of Church Law Registration
    • Quarterly Webcasts on Religious Life Registration
  • Blog: Mystics & Prophets - This blog continues the conversation on emergent Religious Life. Blog: Mystics & Prophets
  • Books
    • See I Am Making Something New: newrlcover.jpeg A pastoral-canonical guidebook to foundation of a new religious institute, to diocesan hermits, to consecrated virgins and to new forms of consecrated life, See I Am Making Something New explores the various ways in which the Life of the Spirit is stirring anew in the Church today in new religious institutes and societies, in diocesan hermits and consecrated virgins, in the new forms of consecrated life, and in the ecclesial movements that bring life and vitality to the Church today, and in fact, may also give rise to new institutes. The book is a guide for those discerning their vocation and their spiritual directors and a pastoral manual diocesan personnel.

  • Religious Life at the Crossroads: A School for Mystics and Prophets www.ahereford.org_data_uploads_crossroads.cover.jpg - Those in and around religious life have known for decades that something new was coming, and we have strained the eyes of our hearts to catch a glimpse of what it might look like. We knew that this new development was beyond our imagination, but when it finally appeared, it would do honor to the heritage of religious life. The day is finally dawning and the new form is beginning to emerge in our spirits, imaginations and conversations. The reinvention of religious life for today involves renewed commitment to the choice of radical Christian community that inspired, attracted and sustained the religious of every age.
  • This book explores the movements in religious life today and the currents that are emerging among the smaller cohorts of younger religious in mainstream communities of women religious. Hereford traces the history of religious life, including the impact of Vatican II, and examines some of the theological sources for the reinvention of religious life today. She explores the current situation of women religious, re-imagines the meaning of vows, community, and mission, and examines how the religious life will fit into an emerging church.

  • www.ahereford.org_data_uploads_navigatingchange.jpeg Navigating Change: Multidisciplinary study of current stage of religious life - An interdisciplinary study of navigating organizaitonal change, this book begins with an historical case study, the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, of which the author is a member. The historical overview focuses on three key moments in the history of the institute, its initial foundation, its establishment in North America and the renewal of the congregation in response to the Second Vatican Council. This case study is used throughout the book as the primary example of the life-cycle of a religious institute. Information from other religious institutes and general statistical information on religious institutes in the United States is also incorporated to enhance a broader understanding and applicability. Though it may be broader in application, for practical reasons, the discussion is limited to the situation of women's institutes of religious life in the United States.

  • Screening and Discernment for Religious Life www.ahereford.org_data_uploads_vocappcover.jpg - This workbook is intended as a survey of a wide range of issues that arise in the screening and admission of candidates into a Religious Life. It covers areas that may arise with candidates who significant life experience. It is a screening instrument, intended to identify those areas of a candidate's background that will need more attention and discussion. It is not a substitute for good discernment, but an aid to it.
  • This workbook is help for those discerning a call to religious life with applicants. It does not replace the discernment process. Instead it is intended to help communities and inquirers to explore important areas that may need attention in the discernment process. The workbook is most valuable when it stimulates reflection by the candidate and subsequent discussion with the vocation director. The workbook may raise civil and canonical issues that may need further discussion in the vocation discernment process. Advice of an attorney and/or canonist familiar with vocation discernment may be helpful.

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