New vocations younger and more educated. (CNA)
Survey says: Vocations are increasing. From 0 to 60 in seconds - like a car ad. Kidding aside, it does appear to be the case - just think of the 'new' Dominican women and reforms like the Franciscans of the Immaculate, CFR's and so on. And these vocations truly are young.
Survey says: Vocations are younger. What this study calls young used to be called delayed vocations. Still - all is good - because the age limit no longer seems to be a barrier for the over 40 crowd.
Survey says: Better, or more educated. I've always thought higher education was pretty much a prerequisite with most groups - especially for younger vocations. On the other hand, the burden of student loans seems to be what keeps increasing numbers from entering religious life in the first place.
I've usually associated really 'young' vocations with those just out of college, or those just out of high school. A contemplative community in my area accepts young women just out of high school - those I've known, entered and stayed. Education, or a 'life experience' equivalent seems to have always been a requirement for most religious orders - the emphasis on education of course.
Good news all around, however.
That said, I'm not sure many of the lay-brother, lay-sister saints - and even some priest saints, would make the cut for several major religious communities in our times.
Photo: Little Sisters of the Very Highly Educated