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2015 - 2016: Springs of the Great Deep Burst Forth: Meeting the Thirsts of the World

Mystery and Transformation

The journey continues! From our 2015 assembly we move from meeting the thirsts of the world through the springs of the Great Deep bursting forth, those waters of life flowing in and through us, to living the mystery of transformation -- our 2016 theme. Those waters meeting the thirsts of our world took the shape of a multitude of works, services to the world through our conference’s central office, and through the regions’ individual members.

We advocated for just immigration laws and we worked directly with immigrants. We worked for awareness of trafficked women, children, and men and we lived through their horrors with them as they moved from slavery to freedom. We actively promoted Evangelii Gaudium, the Year of Consecrated Life, the Holy Year of Mercy, and Laudato Si’. We actively pursued the work of COP21 and the signing of the document committing nations, including the United States, to curbing climate change.

And perhaps the culmination of all of these works is LCWR’s participation in the planning and execution of the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in April that called for an end to the “just war” theory. The conference’s clarion call is for a commitment to a global community that needs to “foster creative imagination to build merciful societies where nonviolence is the norm and not the exception.” It also called on Pope Francis to issue an encyclical on active nonviolence. We are proud to say that LCWR was a part of the deliberations of that group.

As we move into our 2016 assembly we realize that we do so in the context of this seeming flood of activity, exhortation, and inspiration urging us to continue into the transformation of consciousness, a mystery of becoming and contemplative action, that requires our courageous and persistent prophetic voices.

Marcia Allen, CSJ -- LCWR President
Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR President-Elect
Sharon Holland, IHM -- LCWR Past President

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