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LCWR offers its members a wide variety of publications designed to keep them informed of current information and events regarding the conference and religious life. These publications are available to the public as well.

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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. 

Immigration Enforcement and Family Separation (Jan. 2011, Vol. 20, No. 1)

In 1998, my husband and I were arrested by immigration enforcement officials. My three kids who were 13, 15, and18 at the time, were left alone. Not knowing anyone, they had to stay by themselves and pretend that their parents were at home in order to avoid being separated and being placed in foster homes. They had to survive without Mom and Dad.

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

Winter 2010: Hope in the Midst of Darkness


This issue of Occasional Papers attempts to explore some of the challenges and questions religious life leaders face as they explore what it means to search for the limitless possibilities of God and courageously believe in a different future. Experienced leaders share what they have learned about living with profound hope in uncertain times. In addition, four younger women religious write with great candor about their convictions and questions regarding religious life as it moves into an unknown future.

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.

Global Seed-Stories of Hope (Oct. 2010, Vol. 19, No. 4)

In September 2000, leaders from around the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt eight Millennium Development Goals for education, poverty, food security, health, gender equality, HIV/AIDS, the environment, and partnerships, to be achieved by 2015. Catholic sisters around the world, already addressing many of these issues, were drawn to be more strategic in their efforts to contribute to this global movement.

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)

Annual Report 2009-10: Creating in Chaos

Looking over a year of challenges, contrasts, and commitments, we find ourselves immersed in the Paschal Mystery as we conclude the initial decade of this 21stcentury. One cannot place theoretical observations on the great mysteries that fidelity requires. As the Paschal Mystery women found themselves in a chaos they neither desired nor chose, so too with us!  


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