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
Some fine Advent resources:
- Many, many congregations of sisters welcome everyone to events and prayers during Advent (and all year). If you don't know sisters near you, check your diocesan web page. Many have a link to groups of Catholic sisters/women religious within the diocese.
- Jan Richardson's "The Advent Door" -- meditative artworks and written blessings/reflections by Jan Richardson, who spoke at LCWR's 2017 Assembly, and rich comments from those who join Advent email community. Free.
- Communal contemplative prayer (in person and via phone) -- "Birth of a Refugee" with Janet Bohren -- Monday, Dec. 4, 7:30 PM, sponsored by WATER (the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual). Free. Register online.
- A Litany of Gifts -- by Diann L. Neu of WATER (the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual).
- Advent eRetreat "The Art of Pausing" with Judith Valente -- four online presentations, contemplative experiences including 3-line haiku poems, and sharing with an online community, sponsored by Sister Joan Chittister's Monasteries of the Heart. $30. Register online.
- School Sisters of Notre Dame's "Advent: An Invitation into Intimacy with God," Dec. 3-24, including weekly materials and interactive meetings with a sister who will be your spiritual companion via phone, Skype, or in person. Seems to be free.
- Sisters of St. Joseph's daily Advent reflections - view online or sign up. Free.
- Sisters of the Holy Cross' weekly Advent reflection guide - view online or download. Free.
- Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns' Advent Reflection Guide "A Season to Welcome the Stranger" - download. Free.
- School Sisters of the Holy Child of Jesus' "Advent in the New Universe Story" reflection guide by Sister Terri MacKenzie. View online or download. Free.
- Ursuline Sisters' Advent reflection poem.
- Sisters of Charity's Advent Calendar.
- Busted Halo's Advent Surprise Calendar and InstaAdvent Photo Challenge. Free.
- Ignatian Spirituality's Advent Resources -- invitations to reflection through words and videos, more. Free.
- If you know other good resources, email us.
- LCWR continues to search for a new executive director. Sister Carole Shinnick (LCWR executive director 2002-08) will serve as interim executive director beginning 1/1/2018, when Sister Joan Steadman will leave to begin other ministries.
- A timely story, Grasping for signs of light, shares the varied ways in which several sisters renew their spiritual energy.
- Here's a quick world tour of how sisters continue their vibrant charisms through changing ministries, and an amusing short article in America, "Why are people fascinated by nuns doing normal things?"
- Order the Winter 2018 issue of LCWR Occasional Papers by 12/20.
- Betty has been musing in Betty's blog.
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