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To assist women religious individually and communally.

The current trend in today's society shows a decreased membership in faith organizations, particularly in Roman Catholic women religious, who are known for their historic contributions to the United States' social capital. Thus, there is a need to study the motivational factors and life satisfaction levels in different generations of apostolic women religious within the Roman Catholic Church.

The Life Satisfaction Scale for Apostolic Women Religious (LSSAWR) was created by Maria Clara Kreis, CDP, Ph.D., L.P. out of her passion and commitment to religious life. Dr. Kreis and Duquesne University have been awarded a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to create a manual (English & Spanish) for the LSSAWR, and to extend its use to the youngest generations in religious life.

The LSSAWR assesses satisfaction levels of Roman Catholic Apostolic women religious individually and communally as they discern their on-going commitment to religious life. It can also assess satisfaction levels across generations of women religious. Participants in our studies can receive their LSSAWR scores immediately!


Dr. Kreis discusses the LSSAWR study

Dissertation: Copyright © May 22, 2010; for entire text (including the LSSAWR) by Maria Clara Kreis C.D.P., Ph.D.; The Library of Congress, United States Copyright Office