Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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New Leader Workshop

Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Sunday, April 2, 2017
Mundelein, Illinois
University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center

The annual LCWR New Leader Workshop is highly recommended not only for those who may be new to congregational leadership, but also for those who may be returning to leadership.

The program features outstanding resource persons, presentations, and case studies that are tailored to the particular challenges of religious life leadership today. Participants will have multiple opportunities to interact with one another and with resource persons present, as well as integrate the workshop learnings into their own congregation realities. Time will also be provided for teams to discuss and plan. Prayer and ritual will be incorporated throughout.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend?

Women religious leaders who have been in office for two years or less — either as first-time leaders, or those returning to leadership.

Is it recommended that participants come as leadership teams?

The workshop will be beneficial for anyone in congregational leadership today. However, councils are strongly encouraged to attend as a group, if possible.

Why would this workshop be beneficial?

This workshop will provide invaluable information on topics of critical importance for religious life leaders in the areas of spiritual leadership, canon and civil law, human development, team-building, care of the elderly, and more. It will provide opportunities for councils to explore the implications of the presentations for themselves as a group and for their congregations. The days will be set in a context honoring the mystery, grace, and power of God’s Spirit.

Workshop Focus and Resource Persons

The workshop will focus on the skills and dispositions needed to grow as spiritually-grounded, transformational leaders. Through the use of input, role play, and contemplative engagement participants will examine some of the real-life situations and challenges facing leaders today.

Topics and themes for each of the days include:

  • Transformational Leadership and Contemplative Engagement
  • The Dynamics of Leadership: The Changing Face of Leadership
  • Mission Now and into the Future
Resource Persons

Nancy Schreck, OSF is the immediate past president of her congregation. In addition, she served previously on the congregational leadership team (1992-2000) and in the presidency of LCWR (1994-1997). She has worked nationally and internationally as a presenter and facilitator. She is currently ministering in Okolona, Mississippi.

Lynn M. Levo, CSJ has served in congregational leadership and has presented nationally and internationally on intimacy, mutuality, emotional intelligence, surviving and thriving after leadership, evolutionary consciousness, and change and transition. Currently, she is a consulting psychologist in private practice based in Albany, New York.

Sharon Euart, RSM is a canon lawyer who previously served as associate general secretary of the USCCB and executive coordinator of the Canon Law Society of America, an organization for which she is also a past president. She is currently the executive director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Donna Miller has been the associate director for civil law at the Resource Center for Religious Institutes and its predecessor, the Legal Resource Center for Religious, since 2006. Her bachelor's degree is in special and elementary education, and she has both civil and canon law degrees. Prior to joining LRCR, she served as a judge in the marriage tribunal for the diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky.

LCWR Directors

Joan Marie Steadman, CSC -- Executive Director
Grace Hartzog, SC -- Associate Director for Business and Finance
Ann Scholz, SSND -- Associate Director for Social Mission
Annmarie Sanders, IHM -- Associate Director for Communications
Marie McCarthy, SP -- Associate Director of Programs
Mary Hughes, OP -- Director of Transition Services

The workshop is structured to facilitate interaction among participants in mixed table groupings, as leadership teams, and with resource persons. In addition, the resource persons will be available throughout the days of the workshop for informal conversation.

All persons registering for the workshop will receive a link to a set of online resources. These resources include in-depth presentations by Lynn M. Levo, CSJ; Janice Bader, CPPS; Lynn Jarrell, OSU; and Simone Campbell, SSS. The presentations focus on many of the issues elected leaders face on a regular basis. In addition to the recordings there are some written resources and information on organizations that provide services for elected leaders. These resources are intended to provide a context for participants prior to the workshop and also assist with ongoing leadership development when participants return home.


Center for Development in Ministry
University of St. Mary of the Lake (USML)
Mundelein, Illinois  60060-1174
Tel.: 847-566-8290
Fax: 847-566-7971

The center is approximately 27 miles from O'Hare Airport. The North Shore Limo is available; reservations are required and can be made by calling: 847-816-7474.

The workshop begins on March 30 at 3:00 PM and ends on April 2 at 12:00 PM. Participants arriving before March 30 or remaining after April 2 must make arrangements for additional nights directly with the center. Lunch is not included in the workshop on either the opening  or closing days. If you arrive early, please plan to have your lunch before arriving at the center.

Registration is closed for this workshop.