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Governance of religious congregations: Realities, impasses and ways forward

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12 November 2020, 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min


In recent years, the demographics of religious congregations have evolved rapidly. The accelerating decrease in number of members has led to significant capacity gaps.

Several congregations are struggling to find people who are willing to take on leadership roles and ensure renewal within this function. This situation calls for reflection.

Are other models of governance possible, for instance through inter-community support or external specialized management services?

What existing or emerging models could provide sustainable leadership and governance, and allow communities to focus more freely on their mission? What criteria and issues should be considered?


The Leaders’ Circles are intended for members of the CRC. They represent an opportunity for leaders to meet and discuss matters of importance for consecrated life and religious congregations today.


  • Welcome and prayer
  • Part 1 – the governance and leadership capacities of congregations
  • Part 2 – existing and emerging governance and leadership models
  • Conclusion


Newfoundland Standard Time (NST) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Atlantic Standard Time (AST) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time (EST) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Central Standard Time (CST) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Mountain Standard Time (MST) from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Pacific Standard Time (PST) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Contact: mission@crc-canada.org

About the CRC’s 2020-2021 programming

For the first time this year, the CRC’s programming will be entirely online and interregional. The webinar approach will give us an opportunity to meet differently, and to have more discussions amongst members of different regions.

The webinars will open up spaces for discussions, allowing for meaningful exchanges of ideas and new perspectives. They will equip us and take us on a common journey of discernment about the role of consecrated life in today’s world.