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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...

LCWR Assembly 2015

2015 LCWR Assembly
Tue., Aug 11, 2015 to Sat., Aug 15, 2015

Springs of the Great Deep Burst Forth: Meeting the Thirsts of the World

LCWR Women & Spirit Documentary Made Available to All NBC Stations

Women & Spirit Documentary

Film examining Catholic sisters’ impact on  America, available to NBC stations for broadcasts Sept. 15 – March 15

Documentary relates the virtually untold story of religious women in U.S. over nearly 300 years

For immediate release -- August 26, 2013

2013 LCWR Assembly and Board Meeting

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 19, 2013

Leadership Conference of Women Religious Assembly Explores Issues Facing the Global Community

[Orlando, FL]  At the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held in Orlando, FL, August 13-16, the more than 820 participants discussed some of the critical issues facing the global community and how US Catholic sisters may respond to them.

LCWR Assembly 2013

2013 LCWR Assembly Logo
Tue., Aug 13, 2013 to Sat., Aug 17, 2013

The following materials pertaining to the 2013 LCWR assembly are available:

Immigration Reform and Life and Death on the Border

The debate about immigrants and immigration law is not ultimately about the immigrants, it is about us. It is about what kind of people we will be; will we be a welcoming, kind, accepting culture, people, and country or will we continue to leave out the poor, the needy; the ones that walk with God? Will we continue to harden our hearts and exclude anyone that we believe is not one of us, or will we live up to the best of our faith and national traditions and “welcome the stranger”?  (West Cosgrove, Kino Border Initiatives)

 

LCWR Welcomes Senate Passage of Immigration Reform Legislation

Senate Immigration Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) welcomes the passage of S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. While S. 744 as it now stands is far from perfect, it retains the spirit of our core principles for comprehensive immigration reform that is compassionate and just.

2012-2013: Navigating the Shifts

LCWR Annual Report 2012-2013

Navigating the Shifts 

During last year’s assembly, Barbara Marx Hubbard described a world in flux in the midst of comprehensive paradigm shifts poised for a cosmic break through. Putting her presidential address in that context, Pat Farrell, OSF suggested tools to help us navigate these tumultuous times with trust and a spirit of adventure:  contemplation, prophecy, solidarity with the marginalized, community, non-violence, and joyful hope.

July 2013

LCWR Newsletter - July 2013

 

Don’t be a Starched Christian

by Florence Deacon, OSF

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