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LCWR Assembly 2016

2016 LCWR Assembly
2016 LCWR Assembly
Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 to Saturday, August 13, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

As religious life undergoes deep and significant change, nearly 800 persons gathered in Atlanta, Georgoa for an LCWR assembly uniquely structured to assist members to reframe their perspectives about religious life in this moment away from diminishment and toward transformation. Designed to help members view the changes occurring in religious life – with all of their pain and challenge – as significant opportunities for growth, the assembly offered ideas and insights on how to embrace the invitation to transformation. The assembly aimed to provide leaders with knowledge and skills that will be useful for themselves and the members of their institutes. The entire assembly was being conducted as an experience of contemplative engagement. Designed to help members learn, reflect on, and discuss this transformational opportunity for religious life in a contemplative manner, participants also left with contemplative engagement skills that they can apply to their own leadership ministry.

The following resources are available:

  • Transcription of Keynote Address by Margaret Wheatley -- Finding Ground in the Age of Groundlessness  (PDF copy may be downloaded below)
  • Presidential Address by Sister Marcia Allen, CSJ (PDF copy may be downloaded below)
  • Keynote Address by Sister Pat Farrell, OSF (PDF copy may be downloaded below)
  • Spanish and French Translations of Address by Sister Pat Farrell, OSF (PDF copies may be downloaded below)
  • Slides from Presentation on "Fostering the Evolution of Love" by Liz Sweeney, SSJ and Recommended Resources (PDF copy may be downloaded below)
  • LCWR 2016 Assembly Resolution
  • Response to Presentation on Racism and US Religious Life by Dawn Tomaszewski, SP (PDF copy may be downloaded below)
  • Acceptance of LCWR Outstanding Leadership Award -- Janice Bader, CPPS (PDF copy may be downloaded below)
  • Homily by John Pavlik, OFM, Cap on Feast of St. Clare (PDF copy may be downloaded below)
  • Animoto Video of Assembly Highlights
  • Press Release/Summary of the Assembly
  • Order CDs or DVDs of Some of the Assembly Presentations
  • Video of the Assembly produced by the Archdiocese of Atlanta -- Vimeo version or YouTube version 
  • Letter from Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, OFM, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (PDF copy may be downloaded below)
  • Letter from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States (PDF copy may be downloaded below)