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Shining a light on Catholic Sisters
by Sister Rosemarie Nassif, SSND
The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recently approved a new initiative—its Catholic Sisters strategy. This strategy seeks to strengthen congregations of Sisters. Strong and vital congregations will ensure that Sisters are able to serve their communities long into the future. This was particularly important to our founder, Conrad N. Hilton, who credited the Sisters with instilling in him the faith and values that guided his life.
There are over 700,000 Catholic Sisters around the globe, living among the most vulnerable people and ministering with them through works and prayers. Different congregations face different challenges: some are struggling with an aging membership and a lack of new vocations; others are finding it difficult to educate and support their growing membership.
There are many generous donors, both Catholic and non-Catholic, supporting the works of Sisters. The Foundation's Strategy takes a different, but connected pathway. We focus on the congregations themselves and the systems and structures that advance their vitality. Our goal is to strengthen the vitality of congregations by helping them to attract, form and retain members; develop and exercise effective leadership; and cultivate and steward capital and financial resources.
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