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Women & Spirit Documentary Selected for the 2012 LA Religious Education Congress Film Showcase

Karen Kennelly, CSJ on documentary

The Los Angeles Religious Educators Congress Film Showcase 2012 has selected the LCWR documentary, Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America as one of 12 featured works for this year.

The showcase recognizes cinematic works and screens excerpts from each film at its showcase during the LA Congress in March 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  

90 New Leaders Participate in Workshop

2012 LCWR New Leader Workshop

Approximately 90 women religious leaders from the United States and Canada attended the recent LCWR New Leader Workshop held in Mundelein, Illinois from March 15 to 20.

Nancy Schreck, OSF served as the workshop facilitator, as well as a presenter, and was joined by faculty members: Janice Bader, CPPS; Judy Carey, RSM; Simone Campbell, SSS; Lynn Jarrell, OSU; and Lynn Levo, CSJ.

LCWR National Board Meets in Tucson

LCWR national board and staff

Gathering in the desert at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona, the LCWR national board met to discuss some of the essential issues facing US religious life and the conference, and to conduct its regular business.

The meeting, held from February 19 to 23, covered a wide range of topics pertinent to LCWR and religious life leadership. In addition to reports from the presidency, the LCWR regions, the LCWR staff, and various committees, the agenda included discussion of the some of the key questions facing religious life leaders today.

California State Assembly Honors Women Religious

Presentation of Resolution

California Assemblyman Jim Beall introduced a resolution into the California State Assembly on January 23 honoring women religious. The ceremony took place at the state capitol building in Sacramento the day before the Women & Spirit exhibit opened at the California History Museum, located just blocks from the capitol.

A copy of the resolution is attached.

 

January 19, 2012 - LCWR President Joins Other Catholic Leaders Calling for an End to Divisive Campaign Rhetoric

Pat Farrell, OSF

LCWR joined 40 national Catholic leaders and prominent theologians at universities across the country in releasing an open letter urging "our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail."

January 11, 2012 -- LCWR Executive Director Jane Burke, SSND Dies

Jane Burke, SSND

LCWR’s former executive director Jane Burke, SSND died at age 63 on January 11 after a struggle with melanoma.

A native of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Jane held degrees in elementary education, education curriculum, and social work. She was a teacher and principal, before going to Immokalee, Florida to serve migrant and season workers and persons living in rural poverty. She went on to serve as a social worker in community outreach ministries in Hendry County, Florida, before being named executive director of Catholic Charities in the diocese of Venice, Florida.

Collaborating in the Systematic Rebuilding of Haiti

LCWR president-elect Pat Farrell, OSF represented LCWR at a meeting in Miami in September 2010 aimed at further developing plans for systematic rebuilding and recovery efforts in Haiti.

Vatican's Apostolic Visitation of US Women Religious

On January 30, 2009 LCWR received a letter from Cardinal Franc Rodé, CM, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, announcing an apostolic visitation of institutes of women religious in the United States. LCWR offers itself as a support and resource for its members as they participate in the visitation. Letters of Support for US Women Religious and other resource are below.

Doctrinal Assessment of LCWR by Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

On March 10, 2009, J Lora Dambroski, OSF, as president of LCWR, received a letter from Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), informing her that CDF decided to initiate a doctrinal assessment of LCWR.

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