Economic Justice Advocacy Critically Needed: NETWORK continues to assert that the budget is a moral document and that the spending and revenue outlined therein reflect our nation’s values. Women religious strongly support the “preferential option for the poor” and are, therefore, advocating to ensure that the budget preserves the social safety net so essential to those most in need...
Walking Together in Service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
A few weeks ago I attended the opening of the final stop of the Women & Spirit traveling museum exhibit in Sacramento. It was a glorious occasion, a bittersweet celebration, knowing that this excellent exhibit would not continue past June, but that more than a million people have learned about the contributions women religious have made to the growth of the United States.
Approximately 90 women religious leaders from the United States and Canada attended the recent LCWR New Leader Workshop held in Mundelein, Illinois from March 15 to 20.
Nancy Schreck, OSF served as the workshop facilitator, as well as a presenter, and was joined by faculty members: Janice Bader, CPPS; Judy Carey, RSM; Simone Campbell, SSS; Lynn Jarrell, OSU; and Lynn Levo, CSJ.
This issue of Occasional Papers focuses on how we take in new information and create an openness for seeing and understanding “the new” which God is doing. What does it take to live in the world today where much of what seemed certain and secure is no longer such, and where divisions in ways of thinking and perceiving seem to be separating us? What are the unique challenges to religious leaders during these times? How can women religious leaders best engage their members in inquiries that stretch their capacity to be transformed by new learning and new ways of comprehending the action of God?
Gathering in the desert at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona, the LCWR national board met to discuss some of the essential issues facing US religious life and the conference, and to conduct its regular business.
The meeting, held from February 19 to 23, covered a wide range of topics pertinent to LCWR and religious life leadership. In addition to reports from the presidency, the LCWR regions, the LCWR staff, and various committees, the agenda included discussion of the some of the key questions facing religious life leaders today.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is grateful that President Obama and the administration listened to the concerns raised about providing effective healthcare coverage in a way that respects and honors the conscience rights of religious institutions. We believe the resolution the President made is a fair and helpful way for us to move forward.
California Assemblyman Jim Beall introduced a resolution into the California State Assembly on January 23 honoring women religious. The ceremony took place at the state capitol building in Sacramento the day before the Women & Spirit exhibit opened at the California History Museum, located just blocks from the capitol.
LCWR joined 40 national Catholic leaders and prominent theologians at universities across the country in releasing an open letter urging "our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail."
LCWR’s former executive director Jane Burke, SSND died at age 63 on January 11 after a struggle with melanoma.
A native of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Jane held degrees in elementary education, education curriculum, and social work. She was a teacher and principal, before going to Immokalee, Florida to serve migrant and season workers and persons living in rural poverty. She went on to serve as a social worker in community outreach ministries in Hendry County, Florida, before being named executive director of Catholic Charities in the diocese of Venice, Florida.
Since 1998, LCWR members have provided an event each year in response to the LCWR goal of working for a just world order by using our corporate influence to effect systemic change. Participants use the tools of contemplation, theological reflection and social analysis to think systemically about situations where transformation is desired.
We will begin on Monday with the evening meal and conclude Wednesday evening after the evening meal, reserving Thursday as a travel day.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has about 1350 members, who represent nearly 80 percent of the approximately 48,500 women religious in the United States.
[Garden Grove, CA] As Catholic sisters in the United States explore their future, approximately 650 leaders of their orders met in assembly where discussion of the mission of Catholic sisters in the face of the rapid and pervasive changes occurring in the world headed the agenda. These Catholic sisters, members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), gathered for their annual meeting from August 9 to 12, under the theme “Mystery Unfolding: Religious Life for the World.”
[Silver Spring, Maryland]Mary Hughes, OP, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Thomas P. Cassidy, SCJ, president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, released the following statement following the tragic events of January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona:
On January 30, 2009 LCWR received a letter from Cardinal Franc Rodé, CM, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, announcing an apostolic visitation of institutes of women religious in the United States. LCWR offers itself as a support and resource for its members as they participate in the visitation. Letters of Support for US Women Religious and other resource are below.
On March 10, 2009, J Lora Dambroski, OSF, as president of LCWR, received a letter from Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), informing her that CDF decided to initiate a doctrinal assessment of LCWR.