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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

Governance, Permissions, Advice, and Consent in Religious Institutes

Religious leaders are called from among their sisters or brothers to serve for a term of years in pastoral leadership and in governance. Those who serve in this role are called to particular responsibilities on behalf of their sisters or brothers. They are called to reverence and respect for their brothers and sisters to whom they listen and with [...] Read more

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

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