A Future Full of Hope

Sep 22, 2013 |


 A Future Full of Hope a future full of hope

Edited by Sister Gemma Simmonds CJ


Are we looking at the imminent death of religious life in the church, at a future full of hope, or at something in between?  

This book, based on papers given at a colloquium run by the Religious Life Institute (Heythrop College, University of London), addresses urgent questions around the renewal and survival of religious life from a British and Irish, religious and lay perspective.
Despite recent scandals and a steady diminishment of numbers since Vatican II, religious remain a powerful source of inspiration and positive energy within church and society.

Some fifty years after the Council today’s context and questions are different.  Did the Council bring about a renewal or an implosion of religious life?  Who is looking at religious vocation today?  What are they seeking, and what are they finding?  

With a foreword by former Dominican Master General Timothy Radcliffe, leading authors on consecrated life, with contributions from well known figures in consecrated life, including Christopher Jamison OSB, Gregory Collins OSB, James Sweeney CP., with lay and religious colleagues, explore these questions and propose answers in a book offering material for group and personal reflection.

Gemma Simmonds is a Sister of the Congregation of Jesus. She is Director of the Religious Life Institute and a lecturer in pastoral theology at Heythrop College, University of London.




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