Silver Spring, MD – December 18, 2001 Carole Shinnick, SSND, has been named the new Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Sister Shinnick becomes the 11th executive director in the Conference’s 45-year history.

Born in Malden, MA, Carole Shinnick entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1960. Following an early career in education, Sister Shinnick completed a Masters of Arts in American Studies at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, in 1975 and a Masters in Clinical Social Work at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, in 1979. She has practiced clinical social work for over 15 years, first as a family therapist and counselor for religious for Catholic Family Services, Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO (1979-1989) and then as a clinical social worker in private practice in Ridgewood, NJ (1989-1994). Sister Shinnick was elected to leadership for her community in 1993 as Provincial Councilor, Northeastern Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, a position she held until 2001. Sister Shinnick has been a member of LCWR since 1993, and has served on a number of committees and was Vice-Chairperson for LCWR Region 3 (1995-1998). She was elected by LCWR members as Conference Secretary and, as an Officer, served on the LCWR Board of Directors and Executive Committee (1998-2001). 

“I warmly welcome Carole Shinnick as she assumes the position of Executive Director for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious,” said LCWR President Kathleen Pruitt, CSJP, in announcing Sister Shinnick’s appointment.“Carole brings to the position of Executive Director of LCWR a wealth of experience, great enthusiasm and energy grounded in a contemplative and compassionate commitment to strengthening relationships in religious congregations, church and society. The Conference will be well served as Carole assumes her responsibilities and the many tasks required of the office.”