|Religious orders have become clearer about their own identity, according to Fr Jamison (Photo:Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)|
Forty-five women joined religious orders last year, according to official figures
The number of women entering religious orders in England and Wales has reached a 25-year high, according to new figures.
Forty-five women chose to pursue their vocations last year, the highest number since the 1980s.
Fr Christopher Jamison, director of the National Office of Vocation, said the figure was a “milestone”. Vocations reached their lowest point a decade ago, with just seven women entering religious life in 2004.
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