Catholic Sisters Are Vital

American Catholic Sisters are such integral parts of our communities and our Church—working joyfully and often without fanfare—but they are among us. They are our friends and relatives, generously serving, leading and praying in communities and ministries across the country. They make the world a better place, bringing God’s love and mercy wherever they serve.

We invite you to read Understanding U.S. Catholic Sisters Today, a report that interprets the life of women religious in the United States on a continuum of the past, present, and future. The report explores their devotion, challenges stereotypes, and identifies 10 key themes for understanding sisters today.

We encourage you to learn more about Catholic Sisters, engage with them, donate, or even consider whether you have a call to join a religious community.

Get to Know the Catholic Sisters

10 Key Themes for Understanding U.S. Sisters Today

Path to Vocation

Entrance is influenced by encouragement/discouragement from parents, priests, and invitations from/examples of Catholic sisters

Ethnicity, Race, and Region

Increased ethnic and racial diversity and international entrants present cultural challenges/opportunities; regions shifting away from Midwest and Northeast

Generations and Gender

Congregations are more mono-generational, yet millennial entrants desire intergenerational living; perspectives between genders within the millennial generation inform vocation recruitment

Characteristics of Religious Life

Generational differences more than ideological perspectives influence adoption of certain religious practices

Age of Entry and Education

Sisters today are, on average, older and more highly educated when they enter religious life than ever before


Sisters’ ministries are increasingly diverse and sisters engage in multiple ministries


Congregations are collaborating more with each other and with laity, presenting new challenges/opportunities

Charism and Identity

Articulating charism and identity to prospective women and lay collaborators remains a challenge and important factor


Congregations recognize the need to develop leaders for the next generation of sisters and lay collaborators

Sisters’ Visibility in U.S. Culture

Awareness of sisters’ contributions to Church and society increased among U.S. Catholics, Americans more generally, and within academia

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Support Catholic Sisters

Help Catholic Sisters continue their great work. At the time of application to a congregation, 1 in 3 individuals has a student loan averaging nearly $21,000. Your donation to the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations will make a huge impact on alleviating the educational debt of so many women religious – allowing the Sisters to continue their focus on their communities and the Church.

The Vitality of Catholic Sisters

We Are Sisters

Catholic Sisters are dynamic and passionate, dedicated to diverse ministries and charisms, lived out in community. Their devotion is carried out in myriad ways, whether in prayer, action, leadership or service. The We Are Sisters logo and initiative breaks stereotypes by capturing the diverse lives of women religious brought together by the unifying presence of Christ. We Are Sisters communicates and celebrates the vitality and impact of Catholic Sisters in the United States.

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Pope Francis' Three Aims for the Year of Consecrated Life

“Letter for the Year of Consecrated LIfe,” November 21, 2014


Look to the Past
with Gratitude

“Recounting our history is essential for preserving our identity, for strengthening our unity as a family and our common sense of belonging.”


Live in the Present
with Passion

“Grateful remembrance of the past leads us, as we listen attentively to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church today, to implement ever more fully the essential aspects of our consecrated life.”


Embrace the Future
with Hope

“We all know the difficulties which the various forms of consecrated life are currently experiencing… But it is precisely amid these uncertainties… that we are called to practice the virtue of hope.”

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