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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 2008)

Easter is early this year. We have heard it said many times that the Christmas tree was just taken to the back porch and we were in procession to receive ashes on our foreheads.

Update (February 2008)

I am writing this reflection in the afterglow of holidays and New Year’s resolutions. From talk shows to ordinary conversations, everyone seems caught up in the desire to lose weight, become fit, and make healthy life choices. For us as religious, especially those in leadership, the “resolution of choice” often has more to do with slowing down and getting off the treadmill of activity and busyness. Easier said...

2008 Elections: From ‘YOYO’ to ‘WITT’ Economics (Jan. 2008, Vol 17, No. 1)

Domestic economic justice is essentially a vision and a mission for all people of good will who are concerned for the common good. Our experience reflects the reality that there is widespread economic insecurity in the United States.

Update (January 2008)

On a chilly afternoon in midNovember between LCWR meetings and the US bishops’ meeting in Baltimore, Lora  Dambroski and I headed for Annapolis, Maryland, to do a bit of sightseeing. We walked the streets of this historic city unaware that within two weeks these same streets would buzz with reporters who would be covering important conversations about peace in the Middle East.

Update (December 2007)

Advent, time of preparation for the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation. Emmanuel, God with us. We recall during this time a woman and a man who made a commitment to their God, their people, and each other. There was an invitation from outside of themselves, from Something bigger than themselves. They responded with “yes” and it changed their predictable life’s journey.

Update (November 2007)

 Our retreat house is located at the very tip of New Jersey at a place aptly called Cape May Point. Originally an elaborate hotel built just before the turn of the century (the 20th century that is), it was sold to the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1909. From 1941 to 1946 the house was leased to the government as an outlook post to warn against possible invasion. After the war the house was returned to us, but swimming was prohibited for about 60 years because of mines that had been placed offshore.

Climate Change Puts Earth at Risk (Oct. 2007, Vol. 16, No. 4)

Many say that climate change is already impacting the poor in the United States and around the world. Darfur?  A prolonged drought in the 80s and 90s forced shepherds and farmers to move into neighboring tribal lands. Katrina? While scientists are divided about whether or not climate change is producing stronger cyclones, such events are more likely because of climate change.

Update (October 2007)

Recently Carmen, Mary, Judy, and I moved into a new house. When we were informed that we needed to move from our comfortable convent home, we wanted to stay together. The timing of the move was inconvenient given our combined responsibilities of leadership, caregiving for an aging parent, and the busy activities of parish life. Yet, a determination to stay together, as well as a lot of help from many generous people, enabled us to find a house and move. 

Update (August/September 2007)

After a month of saying farewell to people – some expected and some unexpected – I find myself reflecting on how we experience saying ‘goodbye’ and found myself going to a quote by Frederick Buechner, a Protestant pastor and writer:

Update (July 2007)

Despite the heat and the humidity, our motherhouse chapel was filled with family members, friends, associates, and many, many sisters. They had gathered to celebrate the first vow ceremony of our newest member. The air could barely contain the anticipation and the excitement of those gathered. For many of us it was a reminder our own vows made long ago or more recently. Grace was in abundance.


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