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The number of consecrated women has declined, while the amount of consecrated men remains the same

2015-02-01

Consecrated people have a very clear challenge today: taking care of the growing number of elderly members in their orders.

Year        Consecrated women

2002          782,932

2013          693,575

According to the Vatican's Central Office for Church Statistics, in the last 11 years there are 90,000 fewer consecrated women in the world. Death is the main cause for this decline. In comparison, the number of consecrated men remains the same.

Year        Consecrated man

2002          192,552

2013          190,267

Between 2008 and 2013, roughly 13,000 consecrated people left their congregation: three  people for every thousand.

The masculine religious order with the most members is the Society of Jesus, followed by the Salesians of St. Bosco and the Order of Friars Minor. 

Congregation                     2011

Jesuits                               17,287

Salesian Society                15,573

Franciscans                       14,123

Pope Francis has dedicated this year to consecrated life, so that Christians may rediscover its value. He said it is time for renewal and to show the world the power of fraternity.

POPE FRANCIS 
November 7, 2014
"The consecrated life can help the Church and the entire society by giving testimony of fraternity, saying that it is possible to live together as brothers in diversity.”

On February 2 he will preside over the Mass for the World Day of Consecrated Life before thousands of consecrated people at the Vatican.


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