The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious has maintained the historical form of religious life, with sisters living in community and wearing the habit. In recent years, the communities of CMSWR are experiencing growth on a worldwide scale.

In this collection of foundational articles, CMSWR articulates how its perspective is in keeping with the vision set forth by Vatican II, suggesting that its commitment to a more visibly countercultural life and ministry is what sustains its orders and attracts young women to CMSWR communities.

The Foundations of Religious Life is ideal reading for sisters and those in formation, for their counterparts in men’s communities, for diocesan priests and for lay people interested in learning about religious life.


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