|165 New Religious Communities in US Since 1965|
|Written by Sherry|
|Saturday, 24 March 2007 17:13|
Just when you could get the impression that religous life is dying out in this country:
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) has just issued a new directory of the 165 religious communities that have sprung up since 1965. "Emerging Communities of Consecrated Life in the United States, 2006,” was released in early March, 2007.
These communities have 1,300 full members and several hundred members in formation. A little more than half admit only women, 24% admit only men, and 25% of the communities have both male and female members. 32% report that they have a new spiritual vision or focus and are not following established religious traditions.