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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.

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.

 

July 2012

July 2012 LCWR Newsletter

Stay the Course of Contemplation

May 2012

May 2012 Update

We are Participants in God's Unfolding Paschal Mystery

June 2012

June 2012

A Counter-Melody Beneath the Words

As the LCWR presidency met with various Vatican councils and congregations shortly after Easter, our experiences paralleled those of the liturgical season recalling death and resurrection, persecution and a faith community committed to the Gospel, and Jesus’ greeting to his dispirited disciples, “fear not, I bring you peace.” We appreciate your prayers, words of wisdom, and encouragement as we continue to discern both “what is the new emerging?” and our response to the mandate given to LCWR by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

April 2012

Update April 2012

What's Most Essential?

Perhaps you have experienced what I just have. I recently returned from several days on the road to a pile of messages and unfinished tasks on my desk. I began to sort, asking myself, "What needs most immediate attention here? What do I do first? What’s most essential?" As I set about prioritizing, those questions repeated within me and I began to hear them on multiple levels. I realized that "What’s most essential?" is the ultimate Lenten question. It might just be the ultimate leadership question, as well.    

(March 2012)

Update March 2012

Walking Together in Service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

A few weeks ago I attended the opening of the final stop of the Women & Spirit traveling museum exhibit in Sacramento. It was a glorious occasion, a bittersweet celebration, knowing that this excellent exhibit would not continue past June, but that more than a million people have learned about the contributions women religious have made to the growth of the United States.

Update (February 2012)

Contemplative Grappling with Darkness and Mystery

Update (January 2012)

Update, January 2012

Praying from the Dark and Silent Places

Update (December 2011)

Promoting the Common Good

During the August LCWR annual assembly in California, those present read the signs of the times and saw a country wounded by partisanship and disparities of wealth and power. They called for a return to civil discourse that “promotes the common good, reaches out to others, engages in constructive dialogue, and seeks together the way forward.” Committing themselves to do the same, they promised “to hold these concerns at the center of our prayer and to respond in love.”  

Since then, I have noticed others reading the same signs.  

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.

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