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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.

Making Meaning of Our Lives

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LCWR presents a new 2019 reflection book, Making Meaning of Our Lives. This collection of reflections written by more than 40 LCWR members builds on an insight shared by LCWR 2018 president Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI that “our new apostolic call is centered on meaning.” She said, “We need to tell our story, the deep meaning of our lives, that allowed us to do everything we have done…. Our story needs to be shared with a world desperate for meaning and purpose.”

January 2019

Accelerated Grace

by Carol Zinn, SSJ - LCWR Executive Director

World Peace Day Message

by Susan Rose Francois, CSJP

As we said goodbye to 2018 and welcomed in 2019, we faced the ongoing repercussions of increasingly uncivil discourse and a broken-down body politic. Migrant families continued to suffer from the chaos at the border, while social service agencies and volunteers, including many Catholic sisters, struggled to provide enough shelter and support to those released by immigration authorities. 

December 2018

Living the Questions

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ -- LCWR President-Elect

Living the questions. It is what I find myself doing these days. No matter if I’m attending a regional LCWR meeting or LCWR board meeting, being an observer at the USCCB assembly, or engaging in dialogue with sisters in my own congregation, questions abound. Questions about our “life” as women religious,  questions about nationalism, racism, polarization, climate change, immigration and migration, just to name a few, occupy my prayers, thoughts, conversations, and dreams.

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 Calls for the Welcome and Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply troubled by President Trump’s continued denigration of those fleeing untenable situations in their home countries. These are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers who have been forced from their homes by unimaginable violence and insecurity; runaway corruption; and droughts and floods linked to climate change. These are women and girls fleeing intolerable situations of domestic violence. These are young men and women who have no access to quality education and no hope of economic opportunity.

November 2018

From Memoria Histórica to Memoria Mística

by Teresa Maya, CCVI - LCWR Past President

When this newsletter is sent out, what the Salvadoran people have known for many years will have been confirmed by our church: Oscar Romero is a saint. 

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.

Fall 2018

A Crucial Midterm Pivot

by Quincy Howard, OP

LCWR Calls for Protection of Immigrants

The US Department of Homeland Security’s proposed changes to the public charge regulation are yet another attempt by President Trump to restrict immigration and punish immigrant families. The new regulation would force parents to make impossible choices between the well-being of their families and the prospect of future citizenship.

October 2018

Facing Our Histories of Racism

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC

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 Opposes Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply troubled by the release of the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule. The proposed rule would significantly weaken the Clean Power Plan (CPP) which sought to speed the closure of coal-burning plants and the conversion to clean energy in order to reduce carbon pollution, mitigate climate change, and protect the health and welfare of all people, especially the most vulnerable.

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.”

Summer 2018

We Are Made for These Times

Eileen Haynes, SCL

LCWR Condemns the Ongoing Violence Nicaragua

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply concerned about the growing repression and state-sanctioned violence in Nicaragua. Citizens’ voices have been silenced and their peaceful protests violently suppressed. We have seen citizens abducted, tortured, and killed. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, reported that over a two-month period from mid-April to mid-June at least 178 people were killed, the vast majority at the hands of police forces and armed pro-government groups, and at least an additional 1,500 were wounded.

August/September 2018

A Fine Mingling

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past-President

I know that the slow work of God about which Teilhard de Chardin wrote so eloquently really refers to the activity of grace or the glacier-like pace of evolution and human development. But if he had to extricate himself out of my office after 10 years of congregational leadership I’m pretty sure he’d include that in the lexicon of things that constitute the slow work of God. I know I do.

LCWR Disappointed in Court’s Decision to Uphold President Trump’s Muslim Ban

The Leadership Conference of Woman Religious is deeply troubled by the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of President Donald J. Trump v. State of Hawaii that challenged the legality of the Trump Administration’s third attempt at a Muslim ban. The court’s flawed ruling adds to the climate of fear and anti-Muslim sentiment in this country and threatens the values upon which our national community is built. 

July 2018

A Season for Jubilee

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR President

LCWR Annual Report 2017-2018

The 2017 LCWR assembly encouraged our conference to continue exploring the emerging narrative of communion. We could not have imagined then, the different ways communion would be required. The hurricane season would devastate Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Fires would ravage California. As we prepare for our upcoming gathering, we watch in disbelief as the volcanic activity in Hawaii bursts out lava. And the list of natural calamities is endless if we turn to the rest of the world.

June 2018

Why Do Women Need the Catholic Church?

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR President-Elect

The campus minister of a Catholic women’s college invited me to speak in April to a group of students. He explained that young women are leaving the church in large numbers, and the campus ministry staff hears students question why women should remain part of this institution. He asked me to speak to why the Catholic Church needs women, and why women need the Catholic Church.

LCWR Appoints New Executive Director

Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ

[Silver Spring, MD] The board of directors of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has appointed Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ as the new executive director.

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