Sr. Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN
100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 421-3131 ext. 2865
Word from the Director:
Presently (November 2016) there are approximately 985 women and men religious (priests – 183; brothers – 105 and sisters – 697) representing 50 different religious orders of women (32) and men (12) living, ministering and praying in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Meet some of them at cincinnativocations.org – Culture of Vocations.
The director acts as a liaison between the archbishop and the religious congregations of men and women in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Networks among religious congregations regarding personal and corporate needs; maintains sponsorship of programs of the office; initiates collaborative efforts among congregations; provides consultation for individual religious and major superiors. Serves as coordinator of Retirement Fund for Religious.
EMERGING U. S. COMMUNITIES OF CONSECRATED LIFE
Hints of an answer to the question of the future of consecrated life in the Unites States may be seen in the numerous communities of consecrated life and lay movements which have been emerging in this country and around the world over the last few decades. In 1999, CARA compiled the first directory of new and emerging communities founded in this country since 1965. A second edition was compiled in 2006. Now the third edition, released by CARA in early 2017, serves as an update. It does not claim to be all-inclusive, since it lists only communities reported by a diocese and others may well exist.
During May-July 2016, CARA contacted each of the 194 territorial dioceses of the USCCB, asking for information on new or emerging religious communities and lay movements founded in or moved to its jurisdiction since 1965. For inclusion, the community must be in good standing in the diocese, have at least three members, and be founded since 1965 in the United States. Communities founded outside the United States, such as the Missionaries of Charity, were not eligible unless they have established a U.S. province that is recognized by a U.S. bishop. All but three dioceses responded to the request.
After screening out those not eligible for inclusion, the present directory contains the names, addresses, and membership information for 159 emerging lay movements and communities of consecrated life founded in the U.S. since 1965. Not all reported membership information, but of those who did, the gender makeup of the communities was 52 percent women only, 22 percent men only, and 26 percent open to both men and women. The communities are distributed across the country in 86 dioceses in 36 states and territories. This represents a net gain of 38 communities (a 31 percent increase) over the number in the 1999 directory. Their total reported membership in 2016 was more than 4,200 members and another 1,000 in formation.
The CARA Report, Spring 2017