In another thread, a question came up as to how religious support themselves. So rather than assume, I thought I'd ask.
The areas where I'm interested in:
1) Contemplative, enclosed religious
2) Active religious who live in community (for example, teaching sisters at an elementary school)
3) Active religious who do not live in a community
The specific questions for each of the three subsets above that I'd be curious about:
Do you get paid a salary or receive a stipend from your community? If not, how do you buy personal items (combs, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.)
If you work in a public setting (such as a parish school, a hospital, or a university), do you personally get paid a salary or does your community receive the salary? If you receive the salary, are you required to turn it over or do you pay your living expenses and then turn the remainder over or is it some other scenario?
Particularly if you don't live in housing owned or leased by the community, how are your housing expenses paid for?
Do you have health and dental coverage paid for by your community? If you work for an employer other than your community (a school or a university), do you take their health coverage or do you still use your community's health coverage?
I realize that these may be dumb questions and I also realize that there likely are as many answers as there are individual religious communities.
I have been interested in the mechanics of this, so if you would grace me with taking some time to sate my curiosity, I'd appreciate it.