LCWR presents a new 2018 book, Becoming One in Love: A Reflective Journal on Deepening Communion.
This collection of reflections written by more than 30 LCWR members explores how we are coming to understand the concepts and challenges of communion, and what living from a place of deeper communion might mean for the world. The writers probe the reality of the polarized world in which we live, and why the choice to move toward oneness and communion is critical.
LCWR presents a new book, The Intimate Nearness of God: A Reflective Journal Exploring Contemplation and Transformation. The phrase, “intimate nearness of God,” comes from the keynote address by Pat Farrell, OSF at the 2016 LCWR assembly where she spoke of the contemplative impulse that has been stirring in and among women religious for some time. She noted that this contemplative focus is positioning religious to respond to a future impossible to anticipate. She posited that “we are being led in this direction for the sake of the church and the world.”
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) presents a new book, Avanti!, a reflective resource for our spiritual journey. The word "avanti", the Italian word for “forward,” was a central focus in the address delivered by LCWR president Sister Sharon Holland, IHM, at the 2015 LCWR assembly where she spoke of the attitudes of heart and mind needed to proceed forward even when what is ahead is dark and unknown.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) presents a new book, Praying in These Emergent Times, a reflective resource for our spiritual journey. The cosmology and theologies that have influenced us for centuries had us reflecting on one aspect of God – God as eternal, changeless, timeless, abiding. The new cosmology is helping us comprehend emerging concepts of God as also unfolding, relational, and not outside of time and space but within its very fabric.
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.
[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.
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.
We need to find the Samaritans. They are all around us, anchored in a faith that brings them into communion with God’s most vulnerable people. I have been blessed with meeting some of them recently. Always intrigued by their witness, I cannot help asking “why” -- why do you feel compelled to be here? And their answer is always the same: these are human beings. They remind me that our call as apostolic women religious -- responding to critical human need -- is the heart of who we are.
On February 14 a very troubled 19-year-old took an AR-15 assault rifle to Marjory Stoneman High School and opened fire killing 14 students and three staff members. The shooting was a horrible tragedy that has become all too familiar to students, teachers, and parents across the country.
We begin the season of Lent open to the transformation God has begun in our conference. Faithful to our LCWR Call we have been embracing critical change by attending to the internal organizational changes that our conference requires. The new LCWR Board has been elected and gathered for the first time in February. Carole Shinnick, SSND has been serving generously during this in-between time as interim Executive Director and we continue to explore the governance shifts that will embrace the call to change and preserve our culture of communal discernment and contemplation.
The Winter 2018 issue of LCWR’s Occasional Papers takes the theme, “At the Heart of Our Life.” For several years, LCWR has been exploring the enormous shift taking place in human evolution and has been asking questions about the role of religious life as this shift occurs. Along with all the changes transpiring in the global community, changes are occurring as well in religious life as it has been known in recent decades.
“If we think seriously about our unfinished cosmos.. . .we shall have to entertain new thoughts about everything, about who we are and where we are going, and about the meaning of our lives.” -- John Haught, The New Cosmic Story, Inside Our Awakening Universe
This set of 10 folded blank cards offer a means to share a contemplative insight while sending a greeting. The insights on each card are the fruit of the prayer and reflection of leaders of communities of Catholic sisters during a recent LCWR assembly. The set of 10 sells for just $10.00, and the proceeds assist LCWR in its mission to provide education and support to its nearly 1400 members as they lead their communities.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly denounces the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with the values and traditions of this nation and with our belief in the dignity of all persons.