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LCWR offers its members a wide variety of publications designed to keep them informed of current information and events regarding the conference and religious life. These publications are available to the public as well.

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August/September 2021

Culture of Encounter: Opening to the Emerging Future

by Jane Herb, IHM -- LCWR President-Elect

Summer 2021

Native American Boarding Schools

Libby Comeaux, Loretto Co-Member and Brenna Cussen Anglada, Catholics for Boarding School Accountability

Summer 2021: Upon Whom Nothing is Lost


The Summer 2021 issue of LCWR’s journal, Occasional Papers, which explores how to live closely attuned to the work of the Divine in the world, is entitled “Upon Whom Nothing is Lost.” This phrase comes from a Henry James essay, “The Art of Fiction,” directed to writers whom James encouraged to be people upon whom nothing is lost. He urged writers to be attentive observers of the subtle movements of the world around them and the world inside of themselves.

July 2021

Reflections on a Three-Year Journey

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ - LCWR Past President

This will be my last column for Update as my tenure in the office of the presidency comes to completion at the August 2021 assembly. As I recall the last three years in service to you, I do so with deep gratitude and joy.

In reflecting upon the themes of our assemblies these past three years, I am reminded of our call to the horizons of religious life as we take each step into mystery unfolding:

2020 - 2021

What an extraordinary year this has been. Our lives and world were upended by an historic global health pandemic that has sickened 175 million people and taken the lives of nearly 4 million, including many of our sisters, family members, and friends. Our hearts were rent by a surge in our nation’s endemic racism -- a viral disease that continues to sicken our souls, ravage the lives of our Black, brown, indigenous, and Asian sisters and brothers, and subvert our democracy. 

June 2021


By Elise D. García, OP — LCWR President 

As spring unfolds into summer, the theme of emergence surrounds us – with all its struggle and hope, at once tentative and bold. 

May 2021

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

by Carol Zinn, SSJ - LCWR Executive Director

April 2021

Through the Portal Together: A Kairos Moment

by Jane Herb, IHM -- LCWR President-Elect

As I sit down to write this reflection, it is almost one year ago that the COVID pandemic was upon us and we were staying safe at home. And then, in May, the murder of George Floyd brought us face-to-face with the pandemic of racism.

March 2021

Balancing Chaos with Life-Giving Blessings

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on our lives – in body, mind, and soul. New strains continue to pop up around the world and new vaccines or boosters are being created to counter them.


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