||Wed, 05 August 2009 11:39
| M Anon
Registered: April 2004
An instrumentum laboris has been distributed in preparation for the visitation of women's religious congregationss.
The CNS story has the six areas covered, but not the actual document or a link to it.
The working document offers a series of questions in six areas for each religious community to consider as it prepares to answer the questionnaire:
-- The identity of the religious institute: covering the order's understanding of religious life; the future concerns of the congregation; its understanding and expression of the vow of chastity and the virtue of obedience; and the order's involvement or plans for reconfiguration or mergers with another congregation.
-- Governance: covering the effectiveness of an order's style of governance; its practice in the daily life of its members; and the process for dealing with sisters who disagree publicly or privately with congregational decisions, especially in matters regarding church authority.
-- Vocation promotion, admission and formation policies: covering policies for admission to the order, how the formation program offers members the foundations of the Catholic faith and doctrine through the study of Second Vatican Council documents, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and post-conciliar documents.
-- Spiritual life and common life: covering the expression of the Eucharist; how the religious community strengthens common life through the celebration of the Eucharist; prayer and the sharing of gifts and resources; participation in daily Mass and the sacrament of penance; and participation in liturgy according to approved liturgical norms.
-- Mission and ministry: covering the specific purpose of the congregation; whether current apostolic work expresses the congregation's charism and mission; and steps being taken to ensure that the congregation's charism will continue as the congregation has fewer sisters.
-- Financial administration: covering the stewardship of resources and financial administration; financial concerns; and the transfer of ownership or control of property within the last 10 years.