Community Database

By | Jan 21, 2009

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My husband and I have been tossing around an idea for a while now of creating a searchable database of communities to help women more easily find a compatible community.  It would be a free tool for both the communities and the women who are discerning.  I sketched out some criteria to start with, but I’d like to hear from you what you would find helpful.

The criteria I’ve listed so far are:

  • Habit
  • Type of Order (contemplative, apostolic, monastic)
  • Size of order as a whole
  • Size of communities within the order
  • Communal prayer
  • Primary ministries/work
  • Age Limits
  • Education requirements.

What other criteria would you find helpful to have in a database?  I’ve thought about location, but not sure how to do that.  But programming it is my husband’s job.

If you are active on other vocation boards or e-mail lists, please share this with others so we can get as much input as possible.  Thanks in advance for your help!

1 Comment so far
  1. Laura (1 comments) July 18, 2009 5:41 pm

    I’ve been considering the Carthusian order but am finding that there are no true Carthusian orders here in the US for nuns. So then, I thought, perhaps, the Cistercian order may be another option since the order is strict Benedictine–there again I’m having difficulties finding traditional, eremitic orders here is the US.

    To make a long story short: There are eremitic abbeys stretched across the US from east to west for monks but few for nuns, and even those don’t appear to be traditional abbeys.

    Could some offer some guidance in this area?

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