US Catholic Faith in Real Life

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Inquiring minds want to know about the state of American women religious.

When the two-part investigation into U.S. women religious was announced in early 2009, reaction varied from "How dare they" to "It's about time." Many Catholics, however, were simply shocked and confused. "Sisters, you don't deserve an investigation. You deserve a medal," Managing Editor Bryan Cones wrote in the July issue of U.S. Catholic as speculation grew about the purpose and results of the Vatican's moves.

With many questions left unanswered, U.S. Catholic editors decided the magazine needed to seek out answers from women religious themselves. With this survey, we welcome you, the nuns and sisters of America, to share your views on your "quality of life," the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and the investigations into both of these.

An article based on this survey will be published in the January 2010 issue of U.S. Catholic and will be accompanied by a survey of our readers on women religious. Please circulate this survey to other women religious and encourage them to participate by October 15, 2009. Thank you for your time and thoughts.

Download a copy of the survey for women religious who aren’t online.

Please mail physical copies of the survey to:
U.S. Catholic
Attn: Megan Sweas
205 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60606
(or fax 312-768-4072)

Not a woman religious? You can still share with us what you think about the women religious you know and the investigation into their quality of life at our Reader Survey, "How's your Sister?"

This survey is now closed.