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LCWR Assembly Challenges Members to Examine the Meaning and Purpose of their Lives in Light of Global Perspectives

[Scottsdale, AZ] The 2019 assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), entitled Imagining Leadership in a Global Community, presented an array of challenges for women religious leaders centered on bringing hope to a struggling world.

More Than 660 LCWR Members Call on President Trump to Stop All Divisive and Polarizing Rhetoric

The following is a letter sent by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious during its annual 2019 conference to President Trump on August 14. The letter, affirmed by the 663 LCWR members gathered in assembly in Scottsdale, Arizona, calls upon the president to end all divisive rhetoric. The letter states in part, "We implore you to never use language that disrespects, dehumanizes, or demonizes others. We expect our president, and all who serve this nation as leaders, to be always mindful of the common good and the dignity of each and every person.

Nearly 800 to Participate in LCWR Assembly August 13-16 in Scottsdale

The 2019 LCWR assembly, Imagining Leadership in a Global Community, opens on August 13. With the presence of keynoter Sister Pat Murray, IBVM, the assembly will explore important movements occurring within religious life globally and locally through the lens of leadership.

LCWR Participates in Catholic Action for Detained Immigrant Children

Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ addressing the crowd outside the Capitol

The Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children held outside the US Capitol brought together more than 200 Catholic sisters, priests, brothers and lay Catholic advocates representing nearly 20 national organizations who sang, prayed, and chanted as they demanded an end to the immoral and inhumane practice of detaining immigrant children.

75 Faith Leaders Go On 'Reverse Caravan' to Honduras

Delegation will spend a week meeting with communities confronting extractive industries and human rights abuses that are forcing people to flee their homes


Statement of LCWR on Vatican Summit on the Protection of Minors

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious gratefully acknowledges the Vatican meeting on the protection of minors. We believe the summit was an important step towards dismantling the church systems that have allowed the prevalence and cover-up of abuse to have gone unacknowledged and unaddressed for far too long.


[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is grateful for the joint statement released on February 19 by the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) and the Union of Superiors General (USG) on safeguarding minors. We encourage all of our members to pray with and reflect on this important statement: 

LCWR Statement on Sexual Abuse by Catholic Sisters

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) recognizes that there have been incidents where Catholic sisters have sexually abused persons entrusted to their care. These actions are horrific and we join with women religious throughout our country who deeply regret the suffering that has resulted for the survivors and, often their loved ones as well. We are grateful for the courage of the survivors who have come forward. Because of them, our own understandings of the long-term effects of sexual misconduct have expanded and deepened.

LCWR Statement on the Sexual Abuse of Sisters by Clergy

[Silver Spring, MD] We are very grateful for Pope Francis’ public acknowledgement of the sexual abuse of Catholic sisters by members of the clergy. His frank words shed light on a reality that has been largely hidden from the public and we believe his honesty is an important and significant step forward. Our hope is that this acknowledgement is some comfort for those who have survived abuse and that it hastens the much-needed repair of the systems within the Catholic Church that have allowed abuse to remain unaddressed for years.

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.