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2013-2014: Leadership Evolving: Graced, Grounded & Free

2013-2014 LCWR Annual Report

Throughout this past year, the “Francis Effect” touched the minds and hearts of all peoples around the globe. With simple words, humble actions, and loving embraces, Pope Francis welcomed everyone to the heart of God as did Jesus in his own culture and history. LCWR members joined the rest of the world in witnessing the transformation generated by one, single, faithful follower of Christ, our brother religious, Francis.

June 2014

LCWR Newsletter - June 2014

Experience Rome Through the Lives of Its People

by Sharon Holland, IHM - LCWR President-Elect

Much has been written about the LCWR Rome trip of 2014. Around the edges of intense meetings, however, we shared bits of the everyday lives of people around us. The Domus Carmelitana, our home away from home, reminded us that religious institutes in many places have been faced with numeric decline and the repurposing of buildings. Half of a large structure of the Carmelite Fathers is now a place of hospitality for tourists and pilgrims in Rome.

LCWR Assembly 2016

2016 LCWR Assembly
Tue., Aug 9, 2016 to Sat., Aug 13, 2016

As religious life undergoes deep and significant change, nearly 800 persons gathered in Atlanta, Georgoa for an LCWR assembly uniquely structured to assist members to reframe their perspectives about religious life in this moment away from diminishment and toward transformation. Designed to help members view the changes occurring in religious life – with all of their pain and challenge – as significant opportunities for growth, the assembly offered ideas and insights on how to embrace the invitation to transformation.

LCWR Response to CDF Remarks

May 2014

May 2014 LCWR Newsletter

Many Ways to Celebrate One Faith

by Florence Deacon, OSF

This Palm Sunday as I listened to the African American Spiritual, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” being sung in Chinese at Holy Family Church in Taipei, Taiwan, I began reflecting on other Holy Week observances in which I had participated over the years.

Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious rejoices with Catholics throughout the world as we anticipate the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

Both men are outstanding examples of selfless devotion to the Gospel and tireless labor to make the Catholic Church a beacon of hope and light for a world in need of both.

New Leader Workshop

2013 LCWR New Leader Workshop
Thu., Mar 19, 2015 to Sun., Mar 22, 2015

Registration information will be available in fall 2014

 

April 2014

April 2014 LCWR Newsletter

The Paschal Mystery: Our Way of Life

by Carol Zinn, SSJ -- LCWR President

Winter 2014: The Cosmic Story: What Does it Have to Do with Religious Life?

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New understandings of the cosmic story have clearly captured our attention. But what do these insights have to do with our everyday lives? The authors in this issue include women religious who are making the connections between the cosmic story and religious life, and particularly religious life leadership, as well as women religious from other cultures who are integrating the new insights into their lives and work in settings of great poverty and violence.

March 2014

LCWR Newsletter -- March 2014

'The Joy of the Gospel'

by Sharon Holland, IHM -- LCWR President Elect

Never make an important decision in November or February!" So said the novice director, decades ago. Perhaps the cold grey days of a Michigan November, introducing winter, and the still grey days of February, delaying spring, prompted that warning to young novices.

National Catholic Sisters Week

National Catholic Sisters Week is launching the second week of March (March 8-14) as part of National Women’s History Month. This commemoration is intended to shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic sisters. It recognizes past and present sisters, from the movers and shakers pressing the front lines of social change to the faithful praying in cloistered chapels.

Ending Gun Violence: Save Children's Lives

Resolution to Action -- Spring 2014

Arlene Flaherty, OP and Kathleen Phelan, OP

Jodi Sandoval’s 14-year-old son, Noah McGuire, was accidentally killed last year by a friend who thought the gun was unloaded. The gun belonged to the shooter’s grand-father.

Matthew Dwyer, 5, was shot by his brother with a pistol his mother had left out.

Cassie Culpepper, 11, was riding in the back of a pickup with her 12-year-old brother. He started playing with a pistol his father had lent him to scare coyotes. It fired, and blood poured from Cassie’s mouth. 

LCWR Responds to House Republican Standards for Immigration Reform

[Silver Spring, Maryland] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) welcomes the release of the Republican immigration standards and leadership’s willingness to engage in immigration reform.

 “Achieving just and compassionate immigration reform will require the wisdom and leadership of legislators on both sides of the aisle,” said Sister Janet Mock, CSJ, executive director of LCWR. “We applaud Speaker Boehner’s willingness to enter into serious negotiation around one of the most pressing moral issues of our time.”  

February 2014

LCWR Newsletter -- February 2014

Our Dreams Soar Higher

by Florence Deacon, OSF -- LCWR Past President

Recently Sisters Carol Zinn, Sharon Holland, Janet Mock and I had a team building and planning session at the Jersey Shore. The final morning I took an invigorating walk along the beach, watching the sun streak across the waves for the first time since we arrived. I had been trying to coordinate breaks in our meeting with breaks from the drizzle and fog, and was finally successful!

Leading from Within Retreat

Bethany Retreat Center
Sun., Jan 11, 2015 to Fri., Jan 16, 2015

LCWR annually offers a five-day retreat for women religious leaders that provides opportunities to reflect on the blessings and challenges of religious life leadership today. The days include input, quiet contemplative space, a variety of ritual experiences and some opportunity for individual and group spiritual direction for those who choose. The 2015 retreat will take place in a setting of great beauty in Florida at the Bethany Retreat Center.

Order Now LCWR's Reflective Journal, Praying in These Emergent Times

Praying in These Emergent Times

Order online LCWR's new reflective journal, Praying in These Emergent Times. Cost is only $5.00, plus shipping. Orders must be received by February 28, 2014. Order at https://lcwr.org/publications/praying-these-emergent-times.

January 2014

Negative Capability: A New Year's Resolution?

by Carol Zinn, SSJ, LCWR President

No doubt, you are already asking yourself, "What kind of title is that for the beginning of a new calendar year?" What happened to Happy New Year?

December 2013

LCWR Newsletter - December 2013
Are We Almost There?

by Sharon Holland, IHM

Are we almost there?

How many journeys have been punctuated by this question as children become impatient, waiting to see Grandma … to see gifts … to go sledding?

LCWR Calls on the House to Take Up Immigration Reform

Today the Leadership Conference of Women Religious sent a letter to all 435 members of the House of Representatives urging them to take up immigration reform— now!  We are asking that the house pass legislation that honors the values upon which our nation was built; includes a reasonable roadmap to citizenship; prioritizes family unity; protects the rights of all; promotes the integration of new Americans; and addresses the poverty and violence that force migrants from their homes. See below for a copy of the letter.

November 2013

November 2013

The Eyes of the World are Upon Us

Florence Deacon, OSf

Last month I did an internet search to see how much media interest there was in LCWR’s 2013 assembly in Florida. While a Catholic News Service article was reprinted in several diocesan papers, there was much less interest in the secular press than last year. However I noticed that in a group of images of LCWR leadership, some photos were repeated several times. When I clicked on one I was taken to an article on LCWR headlined...

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