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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.

LCWR Extends Sympathy to the Tree of Life Congregation and Calls for the Healing of Divisions

Our hearts are heavy, and our souls pained.  The slaughter of our brothers and sisters in faith gathered in prayer at Tree of Life Congregation is a profound tragedy.  The intrusion of anti-Semitism and violence into God's sacred space is an abomination which must be condemned.

LCWR Participates in V Encuentro

LCWR delegation

A 16-member delegation from LCWR attended the national V Encuentro held from September 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas.

The gathering, which drew more than 3000 invited delegates from dioceses and Catholic organizations throughout the United States, was the culmination of a four-year consultation with the Hispanic Catholic community. Hispanics now comprise 40 percent of US Catholics, and 60 percent of those who are younger than 18.

LCWR Statement on Sexual Abuse by Clergy

[Silver Spring, MD] The recent news detailing the extensive and sometimes brutal sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in the United States has left us at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious sickened and ashamed of the church we love, trusted, and have committed our lives to serve. We weep and grieve with all who over the decades have been victimized by sexual predators within the faith community and feel their pain as our own. We recognize that the damage done to many is irreparable.