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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.

Update (August/September 2011)

The LCWR Presidency: An Unparalleled Life Experience

In a couple of weeks many of us will be traveling to California for the LCWR 2011 Assembly. We look forward to being together, to the refreshment and inspiration offered by our keynote speakers, and all the efforts to continue our movement into the future. For me, this will be my last assembly serving in the presidency. In my whole being is heartfelt gratitude for the grace and relationships that have been gifted me by all of you during the past three years. 

Update (August/September 2011)

The LCWR Presidency: An Unparalleled Life Experience

In a couple of weeks many of us will be traveling to California for the LCWR 2011 Assembly. We look forward to being together, to the refreshment and inspiration offered by our keynote speakers, and all the efforts to continue our movement into the future. For me, this will be my last assembly serving in the presidency. In my whole being is heartfelt gratitude for the grace and relationships that have been gifted me by all of you during the past three years. 

Update (July 2011)

The Gifts of Summer

When I search through my calendar at this time of year, it is a relief to note that board meetings and meetings of sponsored ministries are rarely scheduled during the summer months. Long hours of daylight give me the illusion that I have more time. We begin to work our schedules around significant and pleasurable events such as vacation, retreat, and of course, the annual LCWR assembly in August.

Update (June 2011)

Rome: A First View

The annual visit of the LCWR leadership to Rome was my first opportunity to step into the world of the Vatican. The days were very full and I found myself tucking away impressions and feelings to process later. I’m still doing that. However, one thing has become clear:  the need to approach it all with the broad view of a world church and the long view of history. 

Update (May 2011)

Desiring to be ‘Close to the Flesh'

In 2005, as part of the UISG delegates’ meeting in Warsaw, we made a pilgrimage to Czestochowa where I became acquainted with Jerzy Duda Gracz’s Golgotha of Jasna Góra in the Beginning of the Third Millennium. The artist depicts the stations of the cross as a mirror of Divine Mercy through a modern vision of a generation looking at itself as witnesses and custodians of the Paschal Mystery. The message is ensconced in a poignant longing to be close to the flesh of Jesus. 

Update (April 2011)

Readying Ourselves for Resurrection

Update (March 2011)

 Leading from Vulnerability

I recently saw the movie The King’s Speech. A poignant drama, it tells the story of a stammering king whose speech impediment is painfully visible in his public role. With the support and friendship of a speech therapist, he finds his voice and leads effectively at a critical time.  I was struck by the interplay of strength and vulnerability in the king, and sensed my own experience of leadership reflected in that.  It has been on my mind as Lent approaches.

Update (February 2011)

A Transforming Journey

The feast of the Incarnation is quickly followed by a plentitude of liturgical celebrations during Ordinary Time. God’s overflowing love became human with us in the person of Christ. Christ took on every aspect of our ordinary lives beginning with his birth in a humble environment, his journey as an immigrant, his baptism calling him into a ministry of beatitude, and the fulfillment of his divine mission on the cross. The life of Jesus calls us likewise into that same transforming journey. 

Update (January 2011)

 LCWR Offers its 2011 New Leader Workshop

 The annual LCWR New Leader Workshop is highly recommended not only for those who may be new to congregational leadership, but also for those who may be returning to leadership.

The program features an outstanding faculty and presentations that are tailored to the particular challenges of religious life leadership today

Update (December 2010)

We begin Advent this year commemorating the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of the four US church women. LCWR is sponsoring a delegation to El Salvador this month where sisters will join the Salvadoran people in their memorial of Ita, Maura, Dorothy, and Jean, while also embodying the ongoing solidarity of US women religious both there and with oppressed peoples around the world.

Update (November 2010)

With the LCWR national board’s statement noting our “new, deep connection with one another and a sense of real communion as we live our way into new expressions of creative fidelity,”  I was drawn again to this call found in Vita Consecrata 37.

Update (October 2010)

There are books I keep at hand that I pick up from time to time, ever to find something new. So it was that I recently picked up Joan Chittister’s book The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer. I was particularly struck by her words in the section on realism. She writes:

The spiritually mature person does not rely on God for miracles. They rely on God for strength and courage, for insight and hope, for vision and endurance. They know that God is with them: they do not believe that God is an instrument for the comfort of human beings. (p.122)

Update (August/September 2010)

After more than several faulty starts preparing this Update, knowing it would be my last as part of the presidency of LCWR, I have come to this simple reflection. It has been quite a journey these past three years, a trip, a pilgrimage of walking on a path with no previous signposts to guide the way.

Update (July 2010)

We arrived at the shores of the ocean in Harvey Cedars, New Jersey where we held our most recent meeting of the LCWR executive committee. It was not an easy arrival; rather one that took us through a storm with fierce lightning. Traffic slowed. Drivers were more careful than usual. The evening was humid and warm with little movement of air. 

Update (June 2010)

So many people, events, meetings, and occasions press us for time and attention. Consequently, when we receive invitations to larger and international events, we tend to agonize over the time it will take, the cost, and the stress of travel. Is it worth it in terms of our ongoing formation as leaders of religious congregations

Update (May 2010)

Eastertide… Mary of Magdala, He is risen, He is not here… why do you look for the living among the dead? No tomb-sitters, please!

Message of the Risen Jesus, the challenges of faithfulness and sharing of truth.

Hope, Violence, New Life, Stress, Death, Peace, Hatred, Fear, Promise.Integrity, Truth. Discovery of what is of value. What is worth dying for and what is worth living for.

Update (March 2010)

Here is a story from the Franciscan tradition. In imitation of Christ, Francis never wished to abandon the dignity of the poor Christ at any time, not even on the feast of all feasts, Easter. He used to go begging on all the principal feasts, saying that, in the poor, the psalmist’s words are fulfilled: Humanity eats the bread of angels. [Psalm 78: 25]

Update (March 2010)

It is nearly Lent and the boards of both LCWR and CMSM are gathered in a retreat house in Tucson, Arizona to discuss issues of mutual importance. It is a desert immersion experience. One can’t help but be reminded that the desert was the place Jesus chose to spend significant time in preparation for his years of active ministry.

Update (March 2010)

It is nearly Lent and the boards of both LCWR and CMSM are gathered in a retreat house in Tucson, Arizona to discuss issues of mutual importance. It is a desert immersion experience. One can’t help but be reminded that the desert was the place Jesus chose to spend significant time in preparation for his years of active ministry.

Update (Feb. 2010)

On the verge of entering  a new liturgical season, Lent, and Ash Wednesday, its initiating day of focus for the weeks to come, we cannot help but hear the call to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These challenges bring us back to God at our center, our willingness to let go of those things that bind us in un-freedoms and our call to a communal focus of the needs of others. It’s that continuing call to a deeper conversation of heart, mind, and action.

Update (Jan. 2010)

The officers and national office of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have received many letters from organizations and individuals expressing support as both the apostolic visitation of US women religious and the doctrinal assessment of LCWR continue.

Update (December 2009)

This issue coincides with the liturgical season of Advent — a time of waiting, a season rich in story and symbols, a holding of the tensions between what has been and that which is yet to come as we continue to birth new life. This Advent is particularly poignant for those of us holding membership in the LCWR, but Mary’s story is one in which we can both rest and gain strength for the future.

Update (November 2009)

Last year at this time, November 2008, we were immersed in headlines that surrounded us on a daily, if not moment by moment basis. It was the time of the US national election for President and the fall conventions were surprising in their results as well as their cultural shifts. The election of Barack Obama was a turn of the tide in our history as not just age but racial lines were crossed in the search for hope and peace with a “yes, we can” attitude of previous eras.

Update (October 2009)

On August 15 we traveled from the New Orleans LCWR Assembly back to our communities with hearts uplifted by the gracious Spirit of God that consistently prompts us to creative service. We were inspired by the leadership efforts to heal our beleaguered brothers and sisters devastated by Katrina. We heard the stories of our Sisters leading the recovery activities of the city, serving the church with invincible patience at the Vatican, and recreating the stories of our founding Women of Spirit. In deep conversatio, we pondered the current Vatican inquiries into our lives.

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