Title

Continued Renewal of Apostolic Religious Life: A Transformative Model

Date of Award

5-2003

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)

Department

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

First Advisor

Brian Stiltner

Abstract

Religious Life in the United States has gone through a radical transition in the last thirty-eight years since the close of the Second Vatican Council. With the call of Vatican II to the renewal and updating of Religious Life, most religious congregations have been in a time of renewal, transition, and transformation. However, most religious congregations in the United States have also experienced a period of decline in the number of women entering their congregation, which raises questions about their future prospects. In response to these challenges facing Religious Life in the Catholic Church, particularly in apostolic communities in the United States, this thesis proposes the development of a transformative model of Religious Life.

Comments

Master's thesis submitted to the faculty, Sacred Heart University Religious Studies Program in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Religious Studies.