Helen Cahill is a Dominican Sister of Peace who serves on the staff at the Claret Center in Chicago. Helen does spiritual direction, gives directed retreats, supervises formation personnel and offers workshops on a variety of topics. She has a doctor of ministry degree and is an adjunct faculty member at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

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An elder reflects on the transformation of religious life

I share the fear of younger members that their religious communities are stuck. We are set in our ways and it is not exclusively that the "hierarchy won't let us change;" it is because we choose not to change. Will this entrenchment change without a deeper attention to primary relationships, a different commitment to common prayer, and a movement away from individualism to interdependence?