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Collaborative Governance in Religious Institutes

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory [...] Read more

Mission, Charism and Catholic Identity

As we look forward to transitions in our institutional ministries, we often turn to conversations about the importance of Mission, Catholic Identity and Charism in the history and service of our institutional presence in the community. But what are the core elements of this Catholic Identity, and where might we find guidance for it? For [...] Read more

Councils, Chapters and E-Participation

Use of web-conferencing and teleconferencing has greatly increased over the past decades as organizations, including religious institutes, seek to reduce cost, travel time and environmental impact associated with face-to-face meetings. Those who have used these tools successfully have found ways to balance the potential obstacles of decreased [...] Read more

Screening Candidates for Religious Life

Vocation and formation ministry are always at the fore-front of religious life as it moves into each successive generation with confidence. The ministry has many aspects: prayer, announcement and invitation, mentoring and accompaniment of discerners and of those joining our communities, animating our communities to live their highest calling so [...] Read more

Congregational Legacy Trust

Religious institutes must ensure that their assets are used in keeping with their congregational needs, their historical ministries and their charism. How does a community ensure that this will happen? We have begun to use terms like Living Will and Legacy Planning for communities that are coming to completion, but what does this mean when applied [...] Read more

Ministerial Public Juridic Persons

In recent years, religious institutes have sought to ensure the viability of their institutional ministries so that they can continue to serve even without ongoing support from the sisters and brothers themselves. The Church in the United States is blessed with institutions that provide healthcare, education, social and pastoral services to [...] Read more

Transitioning Leadership

Religious life is at a time of transition. This notion reminds me of the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities. It was the best of times, It was the worst of short, the period was so far like the present period. When is life not in a time of transition. Leadership teams come and go, ministries come and go, brothers and sisters enter, [...] Read more

Canon Law Myths

Myths about future planning: Myth: If we make the wrong choice about the future of our congregation, we face extinction. Many congregations face critical choices about the future when their congregations are getting older and smaller. However, it can be paralizing to think that any one choice could undermine a congregation or its future. the [...] Read more

Vocation / Formation in the 21st Century

The ministry of vocation and formation in the 21st century requires new skills and understanding. Leadership, Formators and the Candidate would be well served by developing an Individual Formation Plan, taking into account the formation plan of the institute and the particular needs and even desires of the candidate. Family. Today we are [...] Read more

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