[Silver Spring, MD] The board of directors of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has appointed Sister Janet Mock, CSJ as the organization’s executive director.
A Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania and a native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she served as executive director of the Religious Formation Conference from 1997 to 2007. Prior to that, she was a teacher, formation director in her congregation for 10 years, and served in congregation leadership for 10 years, which included service on LCWR committees both nationally and regionally.
Following congregational leadership, Sister Janet worked in community outreach at Carlow Hill College, a satellite campus of Carlow University located in Pittsburgh. Most recently, she directed the Institute for Leadership and Catholic Mission at Washington Theological Union (WTU).
“Sister Janet’s extensive experience in religious life leadership and formation will be invaluable at this moment in LCWR’s history,” said the conference’s president Sister Pat Farrell, OSF. “US religious life is in a period of significant transformation, and the Leadership Conference is fully committed to providing our members with the resources needed in these critical times.”
“It is a privilege to be working with LCWR at this time when the world, the church, and those in religious life are all asking what is most needed today to create a just and peaceful world,” said Sister Janet. “I look forward to working with our members in conversation with those in the wider church and global communities in engaging the deeper spiritual and moral questions of the day.”
As executive director, Sister Janet will administer the nearly 1500-member leadership conference. This official, canonically-established organization for leaders of religious communities of women, seeks to develop leadership, promote collaboration within church and society, and serve as a voice for systemic change. The LCWR members represent approximately 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic sisters in the United States.