Announcing Review for Religious: A New Series

Inaugural Issue: June 2021


Review for Religious is a Catholic, peer-reviewed journal founded to promote the study of Catholic religious life and its relationship to God, the Church, and the world. Emphasizing discussions on the nature of religious life and its practice in the contemporary world, the journal features articles, invited essays, and reviews of books, old and new, related to religious life. It is published twice annually and welcomes contributions from a wide variety of fields, disciplines, and perspectives. Review for Religious is published by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men with the Catholic University of America Press.


Review for Religious is committed to serving as a forum for the discussion, promotion, and renewal of Catholic religious life. The Second Vatican Council holds up five principles for the renewal of religious life: the following of Christ; returning to the characteristics, spirituality, and work of their founders; sharing in the life of the Church; promoting knowledge of the social conditions of the times and needs of the Church; and union with God through the profession of the evangelical counsels (Perfectae Caritatis, 2). In focusing on these topics, the journal will continue to support reflection on Catholic religious life and its ongoing renewal The journal takes its current inspiration from the need for sustained reflection on religious life perceived by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. Drawing on its 70-year history, the Review for Religious has a rich past that will contribute to the form and purpose of this new incarnation. In form, the Review will consist mainly in articles and book reviews. In purpose, the Review will serve as a place where consecrated life will be discussed by all.

The variety of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life have rich intellectual and practical traditions to explore and share with one another. The journal will also be a place to propose how religious life may be more responsive to the needs of the Church and the world in the present and future. This focus on tradition and practical renewal fits well with a variety of disciplinary approaches, and the journal welcomes contributions from a wide range of fields, each bringing different perspectives on religious life. This journal invites authors to explore perspectives of religious life within the diversity of the global Catholic Church.

Editorial Board:

  • Bro. Ernest Miller, FSC, DMin, LaSalle University (Chair)
  • Sr. Mary Bendyna, OP, PhD, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
  • Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, PhD, Catholic Theological Union
  • Rev. Kevin Grove, CSC, PhD, University of Notre Dame
  • Rev. Daniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD, Catholic Theological Union
  • Rev. Joseph Koterski, SJ, PhD, Fordham University
  • Bro. Patrick Sean Moffett, CFC, PhD, Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  • David Rohrer Budiash, PhD, (Managing Editor)

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