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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.

August/September 2019

A Reflection on This Year with LCWR

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ -- LCWR President-Elect

As I reflect on this past year as president-elect for LCWR, I’m filled with gratitude. Clearly, as religious life leaders, we live in a time that provides numerous opportunities for deep transformation of ourselves and our institutes. As I reflect on this year, some key words surface: listening, engaging, energizing, expansive, communion, letting go, and leaning in.

July 2019

Leading on Empty, Finding the Grace

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR Past President

June 2019

Building Bridges and Breaking Down Stereotypes

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR President

Canon law is not a topic that typically causes the eyes of women religious to light up. It is generally seen as dry and dogmatic, with a focus more on rules than on spirit and heart. I recently told some of our sisters that I find a great deal of wisdom and inspiration in the Code of Canon Law. They looked at me in a way that suggests they were mentally making plans to have me assessed for early-onset dementia!

May 2019

Black Holes, Holons, and Holy Mystery

by Carol Zinn, SSJ -- LCWR Executive Director

Holy Mystery. Sacred Presence. All-Embracing, Creator God.
Gracious Sprit. Womb of all Life. Ever-Gracing, Most Wondrous God.
In this moment, in our being, we are One.
We are One.  -- Monica Brown, "Holy Mystery"

April 2019

Enabling the Flourishing of Interculturality

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ

March 2019

Time to Move

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR Past President

February 2019

'You Pray for a Better Dream'

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR President

I write this column from my bedroom at our convent in Kyarusozi, Uganda, where I am visiting our sisters who minister at a rural health center. Uganda’s fertile soil and natural beauty have earned it the nickname “the Pearl of Africa.” But that natural beauty lives side-by-side with tremendous poverty, a result of colonialism, corruption, and years of warfare.

January 2019

Accelerated Grace

by Carol Zinn, SSJ - LCWR Executive Director

December 2018

Living the Questions

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ -- LCWR President-Elect

Living the questions. It is what I find myself doing these days. No matter if I’m attending a regional LCWR meeting or LCWR board meeting, being an observer at the USCCB assembly, or engaging in dialogue with sisters in my own congregation, questions abound. Questions about our “life” as women religious,  questions about nationalism, racism, polarization, climate change, immigration and migration, just to name a few, occupy my prayers, thoughts, conversations, and dreams.

November 2018

From Memoria Histórica to Memoria Mística

by Teresa Maya, CCVI - LCWR Past President

When this newsletter is sent out, what the Salvadoran people have known for many years will have been confirmed by our church: Oscar Romero is a saint. 

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

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