Social media and vocations study to begin

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A Nun’s Life Ministry has begun one of the first comprehensive studies of its kind on the use of the Internet and social media by U.S. Catholic sisters and nuns. The study is funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Catholic sisters and nuns are increasingly using the Internet and social media to reach out on behalf of people in need, to nurture relationships, and to proclaim the Good News. Sister Maxine Kollasch, I.H.M., co-founder of A Nun’s Life Ministry, notes that the "study is designed to provide insights to help women religious strengthen their online presence in service to mission, ministry, and membership.”

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) is conducting the study. The project involves two surveys that were distributed in early January: one to all religious institutes of women in the U.S., and the other to all individual sisters and nuns nationwide. Focus groups will be held following the surveys.

“The results of the study will be used to develop educational and other resources to assist Catholic sisters and nuns in moving forward,” says co-founder Sister Julie Vieira, I.H.M. She adds that the study coincides with the 10th anniversary of A Nun’s Life Ministry. “From the start, A Nun’s Life helped online communities engage with Catholic sisters and nuns, using social technologies in innovative ways, says Sister Vieira. “The research project reflects A Nun’s Life’s ongoing spirit of service and innovation.”

For more information contact Sister Maxine Kollasch, I.H.M. at, 419-517-4087


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