Throughout this past year, the “Francis Effect” touched the minds and hearts of all peoples around the globe. With simple words, humble actions, and loving embraces, Pope Francis welcomed everyone to the heart of God as did Jesus in his own culture and history. LCWR members joined the rest of the world in witnessing the transformation generated by one, single, faithful follower of Christ, our brother religious, Francis.
In the spirit of Francis and in fidelity to its mission, LCWR served its members through publications that deepened the inherent connections between the foundations of our faith and the exploration of conscious evolution; through programs that strengthened the members’ capacity to lead religious institutes in these changing and challenging times; and through processes that supported the necessary and sustaining rhythm between contemplation and action.
In this past year we moved from “Leadership Evolving: Graced, Grounded and Free,” through times marked by deep prayer, reflection, and discernment, to moments filled with grace, clarity, and courage. We arrive at this point in time, grateful for the many ways that “Holy Mystery Revealed in Our Midst” invites us to live more fully and love more freely. May we continue to rejoice in the vocation that is ours, for the life of the world.
Carol Zinn, SSJ; LCWR President -- Sharon Holland, IHM; LCWR President-Elect -- Florence Deacon, OSF; LCWR Past President
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