Links to the stories NCR has published online and in print about the apostolic visitations of U.S. women religious is found here. Within the stories listed here, you will find links to documents, other Web sites and material providing background to the visitations.
The first Vatican investigation was announced December 2008 by Cardinal Franc Rodé, who heads the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. This study is aimed at U.S. women religious congregations.
The second Vatican investigation was announced in February by Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Its stated purpose is to obtain a "doctrinal assessment" of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, or the LCWR, which represents about 90 percent
of the 59,000 women religious in the United States.
Millea discusses apostolic visitation at Chicago meeting, April 11, 2011.
As Apostolic Visitation wraps up, congregations feel 'power of our sisterhood' Mother Mary Clare Millea's report to Vatican due by year's end, March 16, 2011.
Women religious honored by University of San Francisco, December 18, 2010.
When good (bad) things happen, September 17, 2010
Honored by LCWR, 'elder' speaks of its origins, August 16, 2010.
'We wait in stubborn hope': outgoing LCWR president, August 14, 2010.
LCWR initiatives have global reach, August 16, 2010.
'Women religious experiences have implications for entire church', August 12, 2010.
Theologian implores LCWR to remain prophetic, August 11, 2010.
Speak up for our women religious, July 26, 2010. An NCR Editorial.
Vatican officials, US women religious meet, July 6, 2010
LCWR regional leaders meet bishops of upper Midwest, May 11, 2010
Global women religious leaders to gather in Rome, May 4, 2010
Religious communities chosen for site visits, April 1, 2010 (corrected April 3)
Apostolic Visitator details on-site visit guidelines, March 1, 2010
More of a conversation with Mother Millea, Q&A part 2, Feb. 23, 2010
Mother Millea's Attempt to Make the Best of It, commentary by Ken Briggs, Feb. 19, 2010
Mother Millea speaks about the visitation, Q&A part 1, Feb. 18, 2010
Two heartfelt support letters regarding U.S. women religious, Feb. 05, 2010
Brother Fitzpatrick's Jan. 28 letter to Cardinal Rode, Feb. 05, 2010
Brother Fitzpatrick's Nov. 16, 2009 letter to Cardinal Rode, Feb. 05, 2010
Rodé: Religious orders are in modern 'crisis', Feb. 04, 2010
Mother Millea urges U.S. religious to comply with study, Jan. 22, 2010
Religious life as prophetic life form; 1 of 5 parts essay by Sr. Sandra Schneiders, Jan. 4, 2010
Schneiders to explore meaning of religious life today Dec. 29, 2009
Women religious not complying with Vatican study Nov. 24, 2009
Controversial questions stricken from religious study Nov. 10, 2009
California bishops offer support to U.S. women religious Nov. 3, 20009
Parish petition drive draws support for women religious Oct. 26, 2009
Few dioceses admit willingness to pay for visitation Oct. 26, 2009
Vatican asks U.S. bishops to fund $1.1 million sisters study Sept. 28, 2009
Updated: Questionnaire for women religious Sept. 21, 2009
NCR Editorial: Support our women religious Sept. 1, 2009
LCWR seeks full disclosure of Vatican visitation Aug. 18, 2009
Sr. Sandra M. Schneiders: Why they stay(ed) Aug. 17, 2009
Cokie Roberts tells sisters: Be proud Aug. 14, 2009
Vatican, U.S. women religious tensions go back decades Aug. 09, 2009
U.S. women religious leadership, at the crossroads Aug. 07, 2009
Women religious study to include 'soundness of doctrine' Aug. 03, 2009
Visits to religious women to begin in spring June 17, 2009
U.S. women religious study raising new concerns June 04, 2009
International nun's group supports U.S. women religious May. 26, 2009
Women religious meet Vatican accusers in Rome Apr. 22, 2009
U.S. women religious unclear about study Feb. 15, 2009
Vatican women religious study outlined Feb. 3, 2009
Vatican begins study of US women religious Jan. 30, 2009