Religious orders are drawing well-educated women, says study

February 7, 2011


WASHINGTON — Women entering religious orders in the United States today are highly educated and active in parish ministries, according to a new survey.

The Profession Class of 2010: Survey of Women Religious Professing Perpetual Vows was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate and commissioned by the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

Respondents represented 52 religious orders. Of the 79 sisters contacted for the survey, 68 responded, according to a news release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The 2010 class of women religious was more diverse by race and ethnicity than the U.S. population of women religious in general.

Among other findings: