The National Religious Vocation Conference has partnered with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate to survey all religious institutes and societies of apostolic life to learn more about religious life and religious vocations in the United States.

The first part of the survey will be sent to all major superiors, prioresses and provincials by the end of this month. The second part of the survey will be sent in early spring to members who entered religious life from 2003 to 2018.

The NRVC is asking for CWR members’ help in completing the survey regardless of whether they have had newer vocations, have stopped accepting new members or are no longer promoting vocations to religious life.

The survey, which was made possible by the generosity of the GHR Foundation, was created after the NRVC held a national convening of ten organizations in November to seek input on which questions to ask and which questions to update. CWR was represented in that process by Board member Stephanie Hall, who commented on the survey and its importance to communicators:

I felt that it was a significant acknowledgement of the value of our roles as communicators that we were invited to have a seat at the table for these valuable discussions. We know the importance of communications in promoting the Gospel work of Catholic Sisters, religious life and in attracting vocations. Congrats to NRVC for its recognition of that. A lot has changed on the communications and technology front since the last survey was done. It is critically important that the communications function and its implications on religious life not be overlooked. Many thanks to NRVC, CARA and the GHR Foundation for advancing this important piece of research that will surely benefit us all as we move into the future. I am grateful to have been part of this process and honored to have represented CWR and our members.

More information about this important work can be found here.