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June 2013

Celebrating God’s Abundant Love

by Carol Zinn, SSJ

May 2013

LCWR Update - May 2013

Celebrating Itinerancy

by Pat Farrell, OSF - LCWR Past President

In the midwest spring has been slow in coming this year, so most of us are more than ready for it. Nature’s dramatic flowering and greening always seem to be suddenly upon us, abrupt and surprising, even as we suffer through the drabness of March anticipating it. Spring so aptly coincides with the Easter season in the northern hemisphere, surrounding us with symbols of new life! We have much to celebrate. Hopeful signs in Rome seemed to appear as abruptly and surprisingly as the spring, lifting spirits in as global a way as the change of season. (Download issue to read in its entirety)

Navigating the Shifts

LCWR presents a new book, Navigating the Shifts, a resource for reflecting on how we may best live in a world in flux. In her presidential address to the LCWR 2012 assembly, Sister Pat Farrell, OSF noted that we need not be fearful of "the cataclysmic movements of change swirling around us" and suggested how we might navigate these tumultuous times with trust and a spirit of adventure.

LCWR Statement on Meeting with CDF

On April 15, 2013 Sister Florence Deacon, OSF, LCWR president; Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ, LCWR president-elect; and Sister Janet Mock, CSJ, LCWR executive director; met with Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF); Archbishop Luis Ladaria, secretary of CDF; and other members of the CDF dicastery. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain was also present.

The LCWR officers reviewed the activities of this past year since receiving the report of CDF’s doctrinal assessment of LCWR in April 2012.

Pat Farrell, OSF to Receive LCWR Award

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is pleased to announce that Pat Farrell, OSF will be the recipient of the 2013 LCWR Outstanding Leadership Award. This prestigious award honors a person whom the LCWR members wish to recognize and thank for modeling extraordinary leadership.

April 2013

Update - April 2013

What roller coaster ride we have been on the past few weeks as we learned of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and reflected on what this might mean for the church at large and LCWR in particular. During this 50th anniversary year of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, what is the Spirit asking of us today? What does the church need at this point in history? Benedict’s action invited us to take stock of where we are as the people of God, what of Vatican II is still undone, and how to use this new beginning to apply the gospel message faithfully in our day. Many media outlets invited us to give a woman’s perspective or that of Catholic sisters on these questions. We accepted some of the invitations to widen the discussion, and included the insights of other people in our reflections.

LCWR Featured on 60 Minutes

Pat Farrell, OSF prepares for interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon

The March 17 edition of CBS 60 Minutes included a segment entitled “American Nuns struggle with Vatican for change.” LCWR had been working with the producers of the segment, Andrew Metz and Tanya Simon, since May 2012 on this segment which includes b-roll from the 2012 LCWR assembly and interviews with LCWR past-president Pat Farrell and with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, the delegate of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith appointed to oversee LCWR.

Prayers for Pope Francis

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) offers its congratulations and heartfelt prayer to Pope Francis as he assumes the papacy at this critical time for the Catholic Church.  

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio demonstrated great dedication to the mission of the Church during his leadership in Argentina. As he serves in the papacy, we trust that his many gifts will continue to be spent on behalf of the universal church, and most especially for people who live in poverty in all parts of the world.

March 2013

A Formative Lent

by Carol Zinn, SSJ -- LCWR President-Elect

Statement to Senate Judiciary Committee on Immigration Reform

Principles to Guide Immigration Reform

LCWR Statement on Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) thanks Pope Benedict XVI for his many years of tireless service to the Catholic Church and for the contributions he has made as a theologian, as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and as pope. We respect his integrity in making what must have been a difficult decision to resign and promise him our prayer as he prepares to leave the papacy.  May he be richly blessed for his profound dedication to the service of the Gospel.

LCWR Statement on Immigration Proposals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) welcomes the release of the bipartisan proposal by Senators Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL),Bennet (D-CO) and Flake (R-AZ) and President Obama’s pledge to work with Congress to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

February 2013

LCWR Newsletter - February 2013

Engaging Differences

by Pat Farrell, OSF, LCWR President-Elect

As LCWR continues to respond to the process of the doctrinal assessment, I have frequently callled to mind Einstein’s assertion that it is impossible to solve any problem with the same mindset that created it. That thought carries a challenge. First of all, our own mindsets are usually quite invisible to us. How do we personally and collectively touch into and live from a new consciousness capable of transcending our blind spots?

January 2013

LCWR Newsletter - January 2013

'Blessed are the Peacemakers'
Message of Pope Benedict XVI for the World Day of Peace

For over 45 years the pope has issued a message calling for world peace at the beginning of each New Year, traditionally released on December 8th. However, this year Pope Benedict’s message was delayed until December 14th, the day America was consumed with grief over the murder of 20 innocent first graders and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut. Seen through the eyes of this tragedy, Benedict’s open paragraph takes on poignant meaning: 

LCWR: A Response to the Newtown Tragedy

The tragedy of the past days has called the nation into a period of mourning. We are all deeply affected by the killings in Newtown, Connecticut. Perhaps it was the thought of first graders suffering such brutality, innocent children enduring trauma just before Christmas. Perhaps it was the tragedy of yet another young person losing complete control while suffering from mental illness. Perhaps it is the poignant reminder that every day in urban areas, children are gunned down, often by other children. There is much to mourn, but mourning is not enough. The killing must stop.

December 2012

LCWR Newsletter December 2012

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…God-With-Us

by Carol Zinn, SSJ - LCWR President-Elect

Women & Spirit DVD

$19.95

LCWR’s Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America DVD is a remarkable resource for providing education on the life of women religious and their contributions to this nation from 1727 to the present.

The Right to Water

LCWR Resolutions to Action - Winter 2013

Raised on the shores of Lake Michigan, I never did learn to swim. The cold, cold water took my breath away. Yet this did not hinder my enjoyment of water as “speaker of wisdom” in my life. In reflecting on the topic, I realized water has been a focus in my annual retreats. A retreat in southern Mississippi offered the luxury of a swimming pool. I came prepared with my floatation device. In the midst of enjoying my swim, while thanking God for water, the realization struck me that God has been my floatation device; carrying me through life.

The Costs of Hydrofracking

How could you allow the earth to be destroyed for some money? And you told me that it did not really matter because at the end of time, according to your faith, Jesus Christ would return and make the world whole again for his faithful, and those people who did the damage to the world would receive their just due. But don’t you see that ‘those people’ are you? ‘Those people’ are all of us if we allow the destruction of our earth. –Stephen Cleghorne (May 18, 2012)  (Download attachment to read more)

Statement from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Florence Deacon, OSF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 12, 2012

[Baltimore, MD]  Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and LCWR president Sister Florence Deacon, OSF, have issued the following statement:

November 2012

LCWR Newsletter - November 2012

As the days grow shorter and colder and nature calls attention to itself in the change of seasons, I am reminded of the story of a little girl who learned to swim in the winter. She took swimming lessons during the summer, determined to learn, but summer was soon over and she was still straining to get her breathing coordinated with her arm movements. Frustrated, she saw the swimming pool close for the season and she returned to school. The following spring the pool re-openned and she eagerly went to practice again, hoping to eventually get it right. She jumped in the pool and, to her surprise, effortlessly swam from one side to the other, arms and breath easily coordinated. Somehow she had learned to swim in the winter. When she was no longer even thinking about swimming, the learning continued within her on some other level and showed itself in the spring. (Read more by going to the attachement)

October 2012

In the Spirit of Vatican II

by Florence Deacon, OSF - LCWR President

Sex-Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

Resolutions to Action - Summer 2012

Four and a half years ago, the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph came to Nix Conference & Meeting Management to research the hotel site for their conference. They asked about the hotel’s policy on human trafficking. We were not aware at the time that hotels were the venue for this crime. Together with the sisters, we worked to generate conversation with the Millennium Hotel St. Louis to sign the ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) Code of Conduct.

LCWR Statement on Meeting with Archbishop Sartain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 13, 2012

[St. Louis, MO]  On August 11, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain met for the first time with the national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

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