A friend from high school is a nun and now has the unenviable job of vocations director for her province. I will say if anyone can succeed as a vocations director, Theresa can. She’s responsible for encouraging young women to decide to explore becoming a nun.
The problem of course is that few women want to. Yes, you can point to the sexual revolution and equal rights and complain that those social changes are responsible. But the church needs to take some responsibility too. The role of nuns is just so marginalized, so limited.
Also, unless you change the vocation and make it more relevant for dynamic, engaged women, I just don’t see much hope for renewal. Yet aside from doing small things like letting nuns wear different outfits, I haven’t seen much that makes the clerical life at all interesting for women.
I think if there was a category for women to commit for a few years at a time. Have it be something akin to the Peace Corps.