on the 1965 Vatican II document:
(Comments welcome here)
articles encourages struggling/dying institutes/monasteries
to unite and merge
I've often thought that "merging mode" is not the best answer when numbers decline ...in a monastery, institute, parish or whatever
A better mode: enlarge your vision to include lay people
Don't close down. Open up!
The rapid growth and lively spirit of groups that embrace the concept of priests, religious and laity forming one team....is a testimony to what can be done
Jesus, please help Religious congregations to "open up"!