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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 2014

LCWR Newsletter - October 2014

We Have Returned Home, But Nashville is Not Over

by Sharon Holland, IHM -- LCWR President

June 2014

LCWR Newsletter - June 2014

Experience Rome Through the Lives of Its People

by Sharon Holland, IHM - LCWR President-Elect

Much has been written about the LCWR Rome trip of 2014. Around the edges of intense meetings, however, we shared bits of the everyday lives of people around us. The Domus Carmelitana, our home away from home, reminded us that religious institutes in many places have been faced with numeric decline and the repurposing of buildings. Half of a large structure of the Carmelite Fathers is now a place of hospitality for tourists and pilgrims in Rome.

May 2014

May 2014 LCWR Newsletter

Many Ways to Celebrate One Faith

by Florence Deacon, OSF

This Palm Sunday as I listened to the African American Spiritual, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” being sung in Chinese at Holy Family Church in Taipei, Taiwan, I began reflecting on other Holy Week observances in which I had participated over the years.

April 2014

April 2014 LCWR Newsletter

The Paschal Mystery: Our Way of Life

by Carol Zinn, SSJ -- LCWR President

March 2014

LCWR Newsletter -- March 2014

'The Joy of the Gospel'

by Sharon Holland, IHM -- LCWR President Elect

Never make an important decision in November or February!" So said the novice director, decades ago. Perhaps the cold grey days of a Michigan November, introducing winter, and the still grey days of February, delaying spring, prompted that warning to young novices.

February 2014

LCWR Newsletter -- February 2014

Our Dreams Soar Higher

by Florence Deacon, OSF -- LCWR Past President

Recently Sisters Carol Zinn, Sharon Holland, Janet Mock and I had a team building and planning session at the Jersey Shore. The final morning I took an invigorating walk along the beach, watching the sun streak across the waves for the first time since we arrived. I had been trying to coordinate breaks in our meeting with breaks from the drizzle and fog, and was finally successful!

January 2014

Negative Capability: A New Year's Resolution?

by Carol Zinn, SSJ, LCWR President

No doubt, you are already asking yourself, "What kind of title is that for the beginning of a new calendar year?" What happened to Happy New Year?

December 2013

LCWR Newsletter - December 2013
Are We Almost There?

by Sharon Holland, IHM

Are we almost there?

How many journeys have been punctuated by this question as children become impatient, waiting to see Grandma … to see gifts … to go sledding?

November 2013

November 2013

The Eyes of the World are Upon Us

Florence Deacon, OSf

Last month I did an internet search to see how much media interest there was in LCWR’s 2013 assembly in Florida. While a Catholic News Service article was reprinted in several diocesan papers, there was much less interest in the secular press than last year. However I noticed that in a group of images of LCWR leadership, some photos were repeated several times. When I clicked on one I was taken to an article on LCWR headlined...

August - September 2013

August - September 2013

Opening Ourselves to Conversion

by Pat Farrell, OSF - LCWR Past President

July 2013

LCWR Newsletter - July 2013

 

Don’t be a Starched Christian

by Florence Deacon, OSF

June 2013

Celebrating God’s Abundant Love

by Carol Zinn, SSJ

May 2013

LCWR Update - May 2013

Celebrating Itinerancy

by Pat Farrell, OSF - LCWR Past President

In the midwest spring has been slow in coming this year, so most of us are more than ready for it. Nature’s dramatic flowering and greening always seem to be suddenly upon us, abrupt and surprising, even as we suffer through the drabness of March anticipating it. Spring so aptly coincides with the Easter season in the northern hemisphere, surrounding us with symbols of new life! We have much to celebrate. Hopeful signs in Rome seemed to appear as abruptly and surprisingly as the spring, lifting spirits in as global a way as the change of season. (Download issue to read in its entirety)

April 2013

Update - April 2013

What roller coaster ride we have been on the past few weeks as we learned of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and reflected on what this might mean for the church at large and LCWR in particular. During this 50th anniversary year of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, what is the Spirit asking of us today? What does the church need at this point in history? Benedict’s action invited us to take stock of where we are as the people of God, what of Vatican II is still undone, and how to use this new beginning to apply the gospel message faithfully in our day. Many media outlets invited us to give a woman’s perspective or that of Catholic sisters on these questions. We accepted some of the invitations to widen the discussion, and included the insights of other people in our reflections.

March 2013

A Formative Lent

by Carol Zinn, SSJ -- LCWR President-Elect

February 2013

LCWR Newsletter - February 2013

Engaging Differences

by Pat Farrell, OSF, LCWR President-Elect

As LCWR continues to respond to the process of the doctrinal assessment, I have frequently callled to mind Einstein’s assertion that it is impossible to solve any problem with the same mindset that created it. That thought carries a challenge. First of all, our own mindsets are usually quite invisible to us. How do we personally and collectively touch into and live from a new consciousness capable of transcending our blind spots?

January 2013

LCWR Newsletter - January 2013

'Blessed are the Peacemakers'
Message of Pope Benedict XVI for the World Day of Peace

For over 45 years the pope has issued a message calling for world peace at the beginning of each New Year, traditionally released on December 8th. However, this year Pope Benedict’s message was delayed until December 14th, the day America was consumed with grief over the murder of 20 innocent first graders and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut. Seen through the eyes of this tragedy, Benedict’s open paragraph takes on poignant meaning: 

December 2012

LCWR Newsletter December 2012

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel…God-With-Us

by Carol Zinn, SSJ - LCWR President-Elect

November 2012

LCWR Newsletter - November 2012

As the days grow shorter and colder and nature calls attention to itself in the change of seasons, I am reminded of the story of a little girl who learned to swim in the winter. She took swimming lessons during the summer, determined to learn, but summer was soon over and she was still straining to get her breathing coordinated with her arm movements. Frustrated, she saw the swimming pool close for the season and she returned to school. The following spring the pool re-openned and she eagerly went to practice again, hoping to eventually get it right. She jumped in the pool and, to her surprise, effortlessly swam from one side to the other, arms and breath easily coordinated. Somehow she had learned to swim in the winter. When she was no longer even thinking about swimming, the learning continued within her on some other level and showed itself in the spring. (Read more by going to the attachement)

October 2012

In the Spirit of Vatican II

by Florence Deacon, OSF - LCWR President

August-September 2012

LCWR August-September 2012 Newsletter

Many people report having recurring dreams. I have a biblical theme or two that recurs in my prayer, consciousness, and wonderings. It may recede for a bit, but somehow, that theme finds its way to the forefront of my heart, and I pray with it again and again. The authority of Jesus is a theme that continually rises up in me. Recent LCWR activities have invited me to deeper but as yet unfinished reflection. However unfinished, I offer it to you.

 

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