Giving Voice, in partnership with Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, is seeking to engage a consultant who will help the GV organization define and establish a realistic five-year strategic plan.
The group wants to develop more, easier and better communication among members to further relationships and the organization. GV also desires to help younger Catholic Sisters be prepared to assume leadership positions within their communities, ministries and the Church. The organization is also interested in its sustainability so it is looking into the identifying and expanding funding sources.
This project will provide younger women religious the opportunity to engage in creative visioning, strategic planning, relationship building, leadership development, technology awareness and attending to the identified needs of younger sisters within the Giving Voice network. More information is below.
Giving Voice, in Partnership with CTU, submits the following - Request for Proposal (RFP)
- Age peers- While there are approximately 3,000 younger sisters in the U.S. today, they are spread across 450 institutes or congregations, resulting in a limited number of age peers within their own community.
- Leadership Development- Sisters under the age of 60 make up only 9% of U.S. women religious, resulting in a limited pool of qualified leaders for future leadership.
- Increasing Diversity- Younger sisters are a very diverse group, especially compared to the dominant age cohort in the U.S. While 90% of professed sisters in the U.S. are Caucasian, 42% of sisters in initial formation are from other racial and ethnic groups (21% Hispanic/Latina, 14% Asian/Pacific Islander, 6% Black/African American, 1% Other).
- Time Urgency- Religious life in the North American context is poised to enter a period of rapid demographic change. While the number of sisters has decreased 69% since 1965, the decrease in the next two decades will be even more dramatic given that the vast majority of today's sisters are over the age of 65. Within the next 5 to 15 years, members of the younger generation of sisters will be called upon to move into positions of formal leadership in their communities, ministries, and the wider church.