WASHINGTON — The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate,
based at Georgetown University in Washington, has received a $240,000 grant
from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to enable CARA to pursue five separate
projects on women religious that will help public understanding of Catholic
sisters and their ministries.
Two of the projects have an international dimension. One will
examine the impact of international sisters studying at Catholic colleges and
universities in the United States; how they contribute to the Catholic identity
and mission of the U.S. schools; and how their education contributes to their
ministry back home. In the other, one sister from Africa will come to CARA for
six months as a visiting scholar to learn and experience applied research in the
church. This three-year program, in partnership with the African Sisters
Education Collaborative, will fund one sister per year.
CARA also will do an annual special report on women's religious
life and ministry, globally and nationally. The report will be issued for three
The grant also will help fund a CARA study on emerging religious
institutes in the United States, comparing the new findings with those from a
study a decade back. It also will provide funds for CARA's annual "Class
Of" surveys sent to all women and men entering U.S. religious institutes
each year, providing both a snapshot and trend data on who is entering
religious life today.
"With the foundation's continued support we will be able to
research the impact of sisters as well as work with sisters from Africa on
applied religious research," said a statement by Jesuit Father Thomas
Gaunt, CARA's executive director.