Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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[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.

LCWR Assembly Explores the Call to Foster Communion a Fractured World

[St. Louis, MO] At the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), held August 7-10, approximately 800 participants explored the assembly theme of “Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Communion.”

LCWR Denounces Administration's Decision to Rescind TPS for Hondurans

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply troubled by the decision of the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 57,000 Hondurans. Honduras is the seventh country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by this administration. 

LCWR and CMSM Sell Office Building

Carole Shinnick, SSND; Christine Beckett, SCN; and John Pavlik, OFM Cap with the lawyer signing paperwork for the sale of the office building

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) sold the building that the conferences have co-owned at 8808 Cameron Street, Silver Spring, Maryland, for 36 years. The paperwork for the sale was signed on May 1.