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"This book is a true service to those seeking to understand consecrated apostolic life, whether they are themselves members of religious orders and congregations or are among those who love the vocation, esteem religious Sisters, and desire that this calling be strengthened in the Church."--Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago

"Finally, a book that explains why some attempts of religious congregations to renew themselves after Vatican II succeeded and why so many failed. Understanding the radical nature of what the vows really require of a religious community is no small achievement. The vision of religious consecration set forth in these essays will be a fine road map for the many new groups springing up out of a desire to serve Christ and the Church."--Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

"Without a doubt, religious life in America today is at a turning point. We are well aware of the factors that have brought us to this moment. The more interesting and important question is: where do we go from here? Some have predicted the death of consecrated life as we know it while others have anticipated renewal and re-birth. This volume, indeed, views all of religious life in the continuum of the Lord's Paschal Mystery--death and resurrection--but gives us hope that the call to follow the Lord through the evangelical counsels is far from its predicted end."--Most Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M., J.C.D., Bishop of Trenton

"A very significant collection of essays, for it honestly and clearly addresses contemporary issues affecting the lives of many apostolic women and men religious. It asks searching questions about the consequences of changes embraced in pursuit of renewal, and points to a crisis among many congregations, particularly those of women, that centers on their relationship to the larger Church and to the teaching of the magisterium. This book should be read and studied for it will foster honest and open dialogue among all parties concerned-religious, laity, and clergy."--Thomas G. Weinandy, O.F.M., Cap., Executive Director for the Secretariat of Doctrine, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

About the Author

Richard Gribble, CSC, PhD holds a doctorate in Church History from the Catholic University of America and two master's degrees in Sacred Theology and Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. He is a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross and a professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. Father Gribble has taught Catholic Church history and theology since 1995, both at Stonehill and the University of Notre Dame. He has written twenty-five books and hundreds of articles on American church history and spirituality. Recent articles have appeared in "Catholic Historical Review, American Catholic Studies, Journal of Church and State, " and "U.S. Catholic Historian", among many others.
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