Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Robert B. Nordberg

Second Advisor

George F. Donovan


Why does religious life exist today and why am I a part of it? A good number of religious women are seriously asking themselves this all-important question. The agonizing search for a satisfactory answer is forcing them to probe deep into the meaning of their own personal lives and al so into their hitherto unchallenged status quo. True, today, values never before questioned are being thoroughly scrutinized. Religious life does not escape this careful scrutiny. Rather it is being bombarded from all sides until the individual religious feels barraged both from within and without herself. At times she is on the defensive, at other times she is confused. She hears the cry, "Adapt or die" and she is in a quandry as to where she goes from here.