Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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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 (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.

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. 

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 (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.

Sabbath Year: The Opportunity and the Call (Jul. 2007, Vol. 16, No. 3)

Because of debt cancellation agreed to by world leaders in 1999 and 2005 

-An additional 300,000 children in Burundi enrolled in school

-Zambia hired 4500 new teachers and fees for rural healthcare were abolished

-Children have three extra years of school in Honduras

-In Mozambique, there are funds to vaccinate children against tetanus, whooping cough, and diphtheria.

Daily Reflection Book 2007 - So Much is in Bud


The 2007 reflection book, "So Much is in Bud," focuses on living with hope, staying open to new possibilities and dreaming what may not yet be. Using the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, as well as insights from some of the great thinkers of our times, 57 LCWR members offer a reflection for every dayfrom May 27 (Pentecost) through July 22 (the Mary Magdalen). The writers offer insights and wisdom on dwelling in the potential for new life that lies within us all.

Update (June 2007)

I am convinced that one of the qualities needed for leadership today is the ability to live out of a set of luggage. For the past month, I have been doing just that as I traveled to Rome for meetings of the LCWR presidency and executive director with Vatican officials. From Rome I flew to Finland, sailed to Estonia, rode buses and trains to Latvia and the Czech Republic, and flew back to Italy to visit with sisters and partners of my Precious Blood congregation. Then I headed back to Rome for the international gathering of superiors general of congregations of women religious.

Update (May 2007)

I recently celebrated the Triduum with my parish community in Winona, Minnesota. It is made up of families and young single adults, people who love to sing, are intent about their spiritual life, and participate in many ways to make the community’s worship rich and challenging. The celebrant, the music, the ritual, and the full-throated participation and the quiet attentiveness all made for a deeply reverent and moving experience of God’s abundant goodness and loving presence.


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