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Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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Update (Newsletter)

LCWR publishes a monthly newsletter for its members, entitled Update. Copies of the newsletter are available below.

October 2018

Facing Our Histories of Racism

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC

August/September 2018

A Fine Mingling

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past-President

I know that the slow work of God about which Teilhard de Chardin wrote so eloquently really refers to the activity of grace or the glacier-like pace of evolution and human development. But if he had to extricate himself out of my office after 10 years of congregational leadership I’m pretty sure he’d include that in the lexicon of things that constitute the slow work of God. I know I do.

July 2018

A Season for Jubilee

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR President

June 2018

Why Do Women Need the Catholic Church?

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR President-Elect

The campus minister of a Catholic women’s college invited me to speak in April to a group of students. He explained that young women are leaving the church in large numbers, and the campus ministry staff hears students question why women should remain part of this institution. He asked me to speak to why the Catholic Church needs women, and why women need the Catholic Church.

May 2018

The Future That Has Already Entered Us

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

April 2018

Finding the Samaritans…

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR President

We need to find the Samaritans. They are all around us, anchored in a faith that brings them into communion with God’s most vulnerable people. I have been blessed with meeting some of them recently. Always intrigued by their witness, I cannot help asking “why” -- why do you feel compelled to be here?  And their answer is always the same: these are human beings. They remind me that our call as apostolic women religious -- responding to critical human need -- is the heart of who we are.  

March 2018

Love in the Little Moments

By Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR President-Elect

As we journey through Lent and toward the events of Holy Week, I find myself reflecting on life, on death, and on love in the little moments.

It has been said that religious life embodies a call to love: not the sentimental love of hearts, flowers, and cupids, but the agape love of selfless action for the good of another.

February 2018

Unfinishedness

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

“If we think seriously about our unfinished cosmos.. . .we shall have to entertain new thoughts about everything, about who we are and where we are going, and about the meaning of our lives.” -- John Haught, The New Cosmic Story, Inside Our Awakening Universe

January 2018

Faith in and Hope for Human Dignity

Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR President

December 2017

Where Does Love Lead Us?

Each issue of Update now includes “emerging questions” designed to engage us in reflection about religious life, leadership, and the signs of the times. One of the questions the Contemporary Religious Life Committee gave us in the October issue asked, “Where has love led me/us?” I found this question particularly intriguing. The call to religious life is a call to love, and the call to leadership is a call to love in a particular context. Where has our response to the call to love led us? And where is it leading us?

November 2017

Historians for the Lions

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

Until the lions have their own historians,
tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. 
-- African Proverb (paraphrased)

October 2017

The Staying Power of Mercy

 by Teresa Maya, CCVI - LCWR President

August/September 2017

You, Elected Leaders, Are Seed People

by Marcia Allen, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

July 2017

July 2017

This is What I Know Now

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ

April 2017

Leveraging Our Influence in Service of the Gospel

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR President

February 2017

LCWR February 2017 Newsletter

A High and a Low Way

by Marcia Allen, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

Amid the chaos of over-the-top optimism and dire prophecies in the aftermath of the November elections a single question keeps nagging at me. Everywhere we read about the need for contemplation, stillness, presence, silence, as well as alarming predictions regarding the new presidency. Amid these two “horns” it seems to me that our dilemma lies in the realm of moral agency.  What, exactly, is moral agency in this cacophony of opinions?

January 2017

Standing in the 'Tragic Gap'

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR President

November 2016

Be of Love ...

by Marcia Allen, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

“Love is the most durable power in the world. This creative force, so beautifully exemplified in the life of our Christ is the most potent instrument available to mankind’s (sic) quest for peace and security.” -- M. L. King, Jr.

October 2016

Remembering as Contemplative Practice

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR President

July 2016

LCWR Newsletter -- July 2016

Mystery/Transformation -- A Butterfly Experience?

by Marcia Allen, CSJ -- LCWR President

Our 2016 assembly theme: Transformation and Mystery! We get the idea. Our lives will never be the same again. We are in the midst of a transformation from the known to the unknown. In his address to the Canadian Religious Conference in May of this year, theologian Simon Pierre Arnold, wove his thoughts about religious life around a theme that he called the “era of the butterfly,” the title of his latest book.

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