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Repair Our Democracy

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) joins with the world in praying for peace after witnessing the violence and lawlessness yesterday in our nation’s capital. We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy the seat of our government but to rend the bonds that unite us. We commend and thank the members of Congress who courageously continued their service to the nation last night even amid the chaos.

LCWR Pledges to Work with Administration to Heal the Nation

The presidency and staff of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and promise to work with them to build a society worthy of the values to which our imperfect union aspires.

After a difficult election season, it is time for us to take up the twin tasks of reconciliation and healing. In these challenging times it is critically important that we break through that which divides us one from another, repair fractured relationships and reclaim our essential unity.

LCWR Congratulates Archbishop Wilton Gregory

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious rejoices over the news of the appointment of Archbishop Wilton Gregory as a cardinal in the Catholic Church. Over the years we have been grateful to Archbishop Gregory’s leadership within the church where he has not only been a strong pastoral presence, but also a fearless outspoken critic of injustice. His public stances on many critical matters such as the repair of the US immigration system, race relations, climate change, sexual abuse within the church, LGBTQ matters, and much more reveal his deep integrity and courage.

LCWR Engages in Work to Repair Our Democracy During Election Season

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply concerned about the state of our nation and the future of our democracy.  We are facing one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes in a nation that is increasingly divided.

As an organization, we are committed to using our voice in the public square to speak about matters of justice and moral good. We use this voice, as we have for decades, by advocating for justice and by speaking publicly about what we value, and the direction in which we want to see our nation move.

LCWR Condemns Killing of George Floyd

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly condemns the police-killing of another black man on the streets of our nation. Our hearts are breaking as we mourn with the family and friends of George Floyd and with all who have lost loved ones to law enforcement violence, all who live in fear, all whose dignity is threatened. The continued killing of black men and women; the constant harassment of people of color; and the denial of the rights and dignity of our African American neighbors must end now.

A Call to Spiritual Bonding: LCWR Responds to the Global Health Crisis

We pray for the global community

LCWR thanks all of its members for the extraordinary ways in which they are responding to the covid-19 global health crisis. So many leaders have been sharing the steps they have taken to assure that their senior sisters remain safe and well. These measures are strong indications of how valued these elders are. 

LCWR Troubled by US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

The Leadership Conference of Women (LCWR) was deeply disappointed by President Trump’s 2017 pledge to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement and we are profoundly troubled by the decision to formally request US withdrawal from this critically important international agreement. Catholic teaching is clear -- climate change is a grave moral issue that threatens our commitment to: protect human life and dignity, exercise a preferential option for the most vulnerable, promote the common good, and care for God’s creation.

LCWR Mourns the Death of Barron Hilton

We, at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), express our sorrow over the death on September 19 of Barron Hilton. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, he oversaw for many years the organization founded by his father, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. As his father did, Mr. Hilton pledged 97 percent of his wealth to the foundation.

LCWR Mourns the Passing of Cokie Roberts

Cokie greeting LCWR members at the 2009 LCWR assembly in New Orleans

[Silver Spring, MD] With so many others – nationally and globally – the Leadership Conference of Women Religious grieves the death of journalist Cokie Roberts. We stand as witnesses to what has been reported worldwide about her professional expertise, as well as her unfailing kindness and generosity. Our organization, as well as many of the women religious we represent, has deeply appreciated all that she brought to the world she served.