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Canonical Leadership and Collaborative Governance

From apostolic times, men and women have set about following Christ with greater freedom and living the Gospel more radically through the practice of the evangelical counsels lived in community and leading a life of apostolic zeal dedicated to God. This movement, within the community of faith, continues to draw followers and is ever in a process [...] Read more

Councils, Chapters and E-Participation

COVID-19 has changed our day-to-day life in remarkable ways. It is also changed our self-understanding as religious communities, as a Church, as a society, and as a world community. Even with a vaccine, it may be unlikely that we will ever return to the pre-2020-normal. One change in religious life has been virtual meetings. Many agree that this [...] Read more

Commissaries and Collaboration

While moving to completion is not the story of all communities, it is the need of some who face an aging membership, a dwindling leadership pool, and the ongoing demands of this phase of the community's life journey in today's world. Leaders must focus their attention on specific issues related to completion: ensuring sponsored ministries are [...] Read more

Issues in Vocation & Formation in a time of Pandemic

We live in truly challenging times, with a pandemic sweeping through our communities, causing us to shutter our schools, churches and businesses, and shelter at home. The pandemic pushed many world economies into free-fall which seems to deepen the disparities between rich and poor and leave vulnerable communities in desperate poverty. Thousands [...] Read more

Online Forum and Property Issues

Online Forum of Law for Religious Leadership We live in truly challenging times, with a pandemic sweeping through our communities, causing us to shutter our schools, churches and businesses, and shelter at home. We thank those who are at the frontlines, keeping us safe, healthy, and supplied during this time. We thank those who are continuing to [...] Read more

Completion and Legacy

Some Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life (collectively “communities”) in the U.S. and around the world are facing critical points in their life-cycle. Given the current demographics, it is likely that many communities are coming to the completion of their historical life-cycle and will be unable to provide canonical leadership for [...] Read more

Beyond the Crossroads

Years ago, having finished college just a few months before, I tentatively stepped across the threshold into a large motherhouse complex. I stepped into a new world that has shaped me and colored my approach to life, to spirituality, to ministry, and to so many other things. I came with hopes and dreams, and with not a few misconceptions about the [...] Read more

Records Management and Archives of Religious Institutes

Religious life is a communal way of living in which we share a common experience of community, of spirituality and of mission. In the course of our lives together, we organize ourselves, discern our path and celebrate our lives together. All of this can generate records of various types: casual notes, lengthy letters, correspondence, and emails, [...] Read more

Volunteer Programs and Discernment Houses

Many religious communities have established volunteer programs to enable persons to assist in their mission, including residential volunteer programs, in which volunteers live with other volunteers or with a religious community in the course of the program. Some communities establish discernment houses in which young people who are discerning [...] Read more

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