We are companions to Catholic sisters in the United States as we learn to live the Gospel in ways that transform us and our world in Christ. All of us are laypeople, mostly in the Washington, DC area. We joyfully walk with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the national association for 80% of US sisters.
We invite you to join us in solidarity with Catholic sisters and LCWR. Together we can:
Our most recent activities:
- Deeper experiences of contemplative dialogue, learning from LCWR and its new online materials, to guide our group discernment and our individual choices of actions
- June 29, 2016 parish Prayer Vigil for Peace in solidarity with the LGBTQ, Latino, and Muslim communities after the shootings in Orlando
- June-July 2016 personal letters to each congregation that acknowledged having received an invitation from the Vatican to clarify concerns that arose during the 2008-2014 Apostolic Visitation. We thank those congregations for their kind responses.
- June 7, 2014 full-day conference & workshop on how LCWR sisters lead in a contemplative and collaborative way that we can apply in our own lives & work.Co-sponsored with the Institute for Policy Research at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The videos are especially good at sharing the day.
- Ongoing regular meetings with LCWR national office staff
- Our past activities
100 Days of Prayer for the New Administration from the Sisters of St. Joseph -- for the second 2 weeks. The daily intentions "encourage unity and reconciliation and offer support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes." The sisters, inspired by Pope Francis' January 1 call for all of us to be artisans of peace, offer the 100 Days of Prayer in two-week installments "in order to remain flexible and have the ability to adjust to what may actually be happening."
- God of great love, may your healing and unifying love flow through us.... (Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz, CSJ)
- O God, You have placed within us a longing for union with you and with all our neighbors... (Sister Sally Witt, CSJ)
- Healer of every ill, breathe in and among all of us who dwell in this land.... (Sister Pat Bergen, CSJ)
- Prayers by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana
1/30/2017 - LCWR issued a statement voicing its objections to President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement, and vowing that Catholic sisters will continue to welcome refugees and minister to immigrants. LCWR will send the statement to President Trump and other legislators and urges us to voice our own concerns to our elected officials and in our local media.
A major resolution of LCWR is to work against human trafficking and child slavery. On February 8, join the worldwide church in the annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking, on the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. St. Josephine was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. She learned from Canossian nuns that she was created in the image of God and possessed human dignity. She later became a Canossian sister and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000. Here are resources we can use (thanks to Sister Ann Scholz of LCWR):
- Be a conscientious and informed consumer.
- USCCB Anti-Trafficking Toolkit. E.g., learn how to identify human trafficking and how to provide assistance.
- U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking -- educational modules on many human trafficking topics including: Human Trafficking and the Objectification of Women; Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking; Human Trafficking & Pornography; Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Organ Removal.
- Use this beautiful, illuminating, reflective Prayer service -- They are just children! Not slaves!
- Saint Josephine Bakhita prayer card (1869-1947).
- Interfaith Toolkit on Human Trafficking -- lots of valuable resources and links.
A perfect upcoming book for this polarized time! LCWR leaders during the years of the doctrinal assessment and mandate will share their insights. "Led by their concern for the increasing presence of violence and conflict throughout the world and in this nation, the leaders concluded that articulating what they had experienced and learned may indeed be of help to others charged with leading organizations through situations of conflict and polarized thinking. They committed to writing reflections on what they believe are key factors for successfully navigating such situations, drawing upon their collective experiences leading LCWR at the time of the assessment." LCWR is seeking funding for this new writing project. (From the January 2017 LCWR newsletter Updates).
LCWR Commits to Gospel Values in the Post-Presidential Election Season. "Now is the time.... We recommit ourselves...." The best statement I've found anywhere. LCWR expresses who we are and who we hope to be.
If you want to know more about Solidarity with Sisters: page 7 of the IHM-Scranton publication Journey.
Older news and summaries are on our In the News page.
Photos from our 5/29/12 rally at the Vatican Embassy
Photo credits: Judith Sholes, Mary D. Ott, Veronica Fellerath-Lowell, Randy Cohen, James McGarrity