US Women Religious

WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 30, 2009 ( The Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has begun a comprehensive study of institutes of women religious in the United States.

The congregation's prefect, Cardinal Franc Rodé, initiated the action with a decree issued Dec. 22, 2008, and officially launched today at a press conference held in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The visitation will look into the quality of the life of women religious in the United States.

Cardinal Rodé appointed Mother Mary Clare Millea, superior general of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as apostolic visitator. Mother Millea heads her congregation that counts on 1,250 professed sisters worldwide, including 135 in the United States.
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