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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 (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!  

Legalized Homicide: Death Penalty 2010 (Aug. 2010, Vol. 19, No. 3)

He waits like a child for what others are about to do him — as in his powerless childhood. Sam is buckled down, covered with a white sheet, arms outstretched and strapped down, ironically resembling Jesus nailed to the cross. In his arm, a needle awaits the flow of the chemicals that will end his life...

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.

Summer 2010: Prophetic and Imaginative Leadership


In August 2006, Walter Brueggemann wrote, “In the ancient world of the Old Testament, prophetic imagination ... conjured a better world that extended mercy and justice to the weak and marginalized. In our contemporary world, prophetic imagination can do no less. Its task — neither conservative nor liberal — is to expose and critique the false ideologies of consumer militarism and to propose a better world of neighborly justice and mercy. As in the ancient world, so now in our contemporary world, such practice — rooted in old texts and memories —requires courage, freedom, and daring, nothing less than the work of voicing and enacting the world anew... according to the holiness of God.”


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