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
- Materials that Sister Mary Pellegrino spoke about in her keynote address: 2017 edition of the CARA directory of emerging United States' communities of consecrated life (159, in 86 dioceses or eparchies in 36 states and territories) (3rd edition, 2017); study by Sr. Mary Johnson/Trinity Washington University/CARA of the 4000 international sisters in the USA.
- Recent In the News posts: Urgent prayer request for sisters and their driver who were kidnapped in Nigeria 11/12. Our Contemplation page has always had poetry links, but now (thanks to a website reader!) we've added a Poetry Writing and Analysis Guide in case you'd like to go deeper into poetry -- understanding it or writing it. Order Winter 2018 issue of LCWR Occasional Papers by 12/20. National Catholic Sisters Week launches first module of new curriculum about sisters: What do sisters do? Also, National Catholic Sisters Week offers resources for you to plan and publicize your event for the week (Mar. 8-14, 2018). LCWR names Sister Christine Beckett as Associate Director for Business and Finance. LCWR has been a strong advocate for Gospel values in public policy: LCWR denounced White House immigration principles and policies; expressed deep disappointment in President Trump's decision to abandon the Clean Power Plan; and urged action to protect Dreamers. LCWR 2016-17 Annual Report "Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation" is a gold mine of information about what LCWR is and does: collaborations and partnerships, new LCWR governance structure; commitments to social justice; leadership development; walking with religious through transitions; 2016 Assembly, finances; much more. US sisters are pioneers in the green movement, and have been for 20 years; a sampling of articles from The Atlantic, US Catholic, and Global Sisters Report.
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