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Declining Number of U.S. Nuns, even among Traditional Orders, Charted in New Study

posted on October 14, 2014

At Religion News Service, David Gibson discusses a new report on falling numbers of U.S. nuns due to aging membership and decline in vocations. The authors of the report, from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostate, found that the decline was similar across all kinds of communities and conferences–usually distinguished as liberal or traditional. While six nun communities have managed to grow, the researchers said, “Whatever these institutes have done or are doing is unlikely to offset losses in the tens of thousands elsewhere. It is simply not enough.”


Read at Religion News Service