Future Of Religious Orders In The United States

Overview

For religious orders to continue as a vital force in the Catholic Church, in the United States, and in the world, they must change in dramatic and significant ways. Fidelity to the mission of the founder and responsiveness to critical and unmet human needs are fundamental to the ongoing mission of religious orders. New forms of poverty and the genuine opportunity to serve new and emerging groups of those most in need certainly challenge the ability of any single group to respond in today's world. Since the Second...

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Overview

For religious orders to continue as a vital force in the Catholic Church, in the United States, and in the world, they must change in dramatic and significant ways. Fidelity to the mission of the founder and responsiveness to critical and unmet human needs are fundamental to the ongoing mission of religious orders. New forms of poverty and the genuine opportunity to serve new and emerging groups of those most in need certainly challenge the ability of any single group to respond in today's world. Since the Second Vatican Council, the changes in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States have effected the way members of religious orders live and work more thoroughly than any other single population. According to National Catholic Reporter, this comprehensive three-year study, which was funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., is one of the most significant occurrances within the Catholic Church since that Council was convened almost 30 years ago.

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Psychologists Nygren and Ukeritis (DePaul U., Chicago), both members of religious orders, offer a quantitative study of Catholic religious orders in the US. They document the increasing age and decreasing number of sisters, brothers, and religious priests since the reforms proclaimed by Vatican II in 1962, and identify changes that must be made if the institution is to remain viable. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275946654
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1993
  • Pages: 344
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID J. NYGREN, CM is an organizational psychologist, now working at DePaul University in Chicago.

MIRIAM D. UKERITIS, CSJ is a clinical psychologist now serving as Director for the Institute of Leadership for Religious Organizations with DePaul University in Chicago. They conducted this research while on faculty at Boston University. Both researchers are members of religious orders.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction and Purpose
Ch. 1 Dynamics of Transformation 1
Ch. 2 Master Images and Dilemmas: The Visioning Groups 17
Ch. 3 Leadership 37
Ch. 4 Attitude and Behavioral Measures of Membership: A National Survey of Members of Religious Orders 99
Ch. 5 Role Clarity among Members of Religious Orders 187
Ch. 6 The Motivation of People Who Care 207
Ch. 7 Bridging the Gap 225
Appendix A: Population Statistics, 1962-1992 253
Appendix B: Components and Elements Used in Visioning Groups 255
Appendix C: Competencies of Leaders of Religious Orders 261
Appendix D: The National Survey 269
Appendix E: Responses to the National Survey 291
Appendix F: The National Survey: Factors and Items 295
References 303
Index 309
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