In keeping with the vision set forth in Vatican II, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious has maintained a more traditional form of religious life. While most religious orders are now facing marked decline in novitiates and the aging of their members, the communities of the CMSWR are experiencing growth on a worldwide scale. In this visionary manifesto, the CMSWR articulates a vision for the future of women religious, suggesting that their commitment to a more radical gospel-based life and ministry is what attracts young women to religious life. The contributors explain the historical and theological significance of religious consecration, the spousal bond, the vow of chastity, and living in communion. This concise outline of traditional religious life is ideal reading for sisters as well as priests already in religious orders, and for those interested in the shift taking place in the different expressions of religious life.
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