Perfectae Caritatis 19

Is it enough to have the inspiration for a new religious community? The council bishops suggest serious “weighing” of the possibilities: usefulness in a locale, duplication of an apostolate, adaptation to the culture of the region:

When the question of founding new religious communities arises, their necessity or at least the many useful services they promise must be seriously weighed. Otherwise communities may be needlessly brought into being which are useless or which lack sufficient resources. Particularly in those areas where churches have recently established, those forms of religious life should be promoted and developed which take into account the genius and way of life of the inhabitants and the customs and conditions of the regions.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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