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LCWR Past President Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI Addresses USCCB Assembly

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) invited LCWR past president Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI to address the entire body of bishops at their spiritual discernment day on Monday, November 12.

This year the USCCB changed the agenda of their annual assembly in light of the clergy sexual abuse situation. Knowing that true discernment begins by listening, the bishops planned a day of discernment and prayer that will provide opportunities for them to listen to the tradition of the Church, as well as to the people. To that end, they conducted their day of prayer as an experience of lectio divina. Readings from the tradition of the Church were followed by reflections from two abuse survivors who addressed the bishops from their personal experiences, a young mother who spoke about the responsibility of the Church to future generations, and Sister Teresa, who had 15 minutes to address the bishops. Her remarks followed the last reading of the day which was from Charles Borromeo. 

The text of her address may be downloaded below.