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:
- Writing a chapter for LCWR's upcoming book. Many LCWR leaders will share what they learned through years of Vatican pressure to offer insight for this time of challenges in the USA and the world.
- Deeper experiences of contemplative dialogue with LCWR and as SwS, drawing on LCWR materials
- June 29, 2016 parish Prayer Vigil for Peace in A Time of Hate and Violence
- June 7, 2014 full-day conference & workshop on how LCWR's way of Spiritual Leadership, with videos
- Our past activities
- LCWR's 2017 Assembly Aug. 8-11, 2017 -- Full coverage of Assembly addresses, media coverage, tweets, and more. Recent additions: videos, summaries, Assembly statements about racism and North Korea, and list of exhibitors. We'll post the missing address (Jan Richardson's keynote) when LCWR publishes it.
- Recent In the News posts: US sisters are pioneers in the green movement, and have been for 20 years. Networking of many kinds is becoming fundamental to the lives and ministries of women religious. Sister Erica Jordan reflects after she asked House Speaker Paul Ryan about Catholic Social Teaching at a Wisconsin town hall meeting. Sister Sharlet Wagner, LCWR president-elect, tells about her life and ministries (e.g., immigration attorney) and her experience at the 2017 LCWR Assembly.
LCWR is working on a leadership book that the world needs now. Women religious who led LCWR 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) We're writing a chapter for the book, at LCWR's request .
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