Amy Hereford, CSJ

Sr. Amy Hereford provides legal and consultation services for religious communities and other non-profits:

* Respecting the unique nature of the religious community and the spirit of religious life

* Providing legal education and consultation designed for Catholic religious and their professional advisors

* Providing legal and facilitation services to nonprofit organizations

There is an ongoing need for religious communities to obtain legal and consultation services that respect the unique nature of the religious community. Amy Hereford has established a reputation among religious communities for providing quality service on a variety of legal issues and strategic planning and organization.

Web Seminars

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Consultation and Education

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Amy Hereford is a Sister of St. Joseph. She has been in religious life for over 30 years and has served in a variety of ministries, in education, in administration, in communication, in vocation/formation and in community leadership.

Sr. Amy has degrees in science, communication and theology, as well as in civil and canon law. This background helps her to assist religious communities, and to help those who are making important choices about the future of their institutes.

Beginning in teaching and communication, Sr. Amy then moved into management and administration and then into consulting. As a consultant and facilitator, she works with religious communities and with small to mid-sized charitable organizations across the US and beyond, especially in assisting organizations in facing the challenges of an uncertain and changing future. She helps clients maximize their resources for the sake of their mission and to further organizational goals. In her work as a writer, speaker and retreat director she addresses technical concerns of religious institutes and explores the evolving nature of religious life itself. 

Sr. Amy has been admitted to practice in Missouri, Massachusetts and before the US Tax Court.


Sr. Amy has several recent books that address important issues in religious life today:

Beyond the Crossroads: Religious Life in the 21st Century (Orbis 2019) - a theological reflection on contemporary currents in religious life. 

See I Am Making Something New (RLC 2018) - A pastoral-canonical guidebook on new religious institutes, diocesan hermits and consecrated virgins, and new forms of consecrated life.

Navigating Change (RLC 2015) is an inter-disciplinary examination of the phenomenon of religious communities that are approaching the end of their life-cycle.

Religious Life at the Crossroads (Orbis 2013) has been hailed as a "...thoughtful exploration of religious life unfolding today."