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LCWR offers its members a wide variety of publications designed to keep them informed of current information and events regarding the conference and religious life. These publications are available to the public as well.

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October 2020

Embarking on our Spirit Journey

by Elise D. García, OP - LCWR President

As summer ends and schools reopen, LCWR enters a new year following our annual culminating gathering at the August assembly. Like so many other things in this age of pandemic, the 2020 assembly was like none other in our 64-year history. More than 1000 gathered in virtual space, experiencing both the bane (technology glitches) and the gift (safe togetherness) of that medium.

August/September 2020

A Spirit Call within a Call

A Message from LCWR's Officers

On July 10, 2020, the national board of LCWR unanimously affirmed a call to place the conference on a five-year journey to address systemic racism and white privilege. The call emerged from an open and honest conversation held among leaders of LCWR and the National Black Sisters’ Conference.

2019-2020 - Imagining Leadership in a Global Community

The theme for the 2019 LCWR assembly proved to be prophetic: “Imagining Leadership in a Global Community.” The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and our deepened awakening to systemic racisim have clearly shown the interconnectedness of humanity and creation. 

The coronavirus has had a particularly profound impact on our lives. As the pandemic spread, leaders have been tapping into their creativity and imaginations, finding new streams of connection and solidarity in our global sisterhood.

Living in Right Relationships: Crisis Abatement 101

by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

An activated call light in a health care facility indicates that someone is in “crisis.” Conscientious providers immediately respond to minimize “crisis” impacts. Appropriate responses are not dictated by economic status, race, creed, citizenship status, or religion. Good care givers respond not only because it’s required, but because it is the “right thing to do” out of respect and love.

July 2020

Let Us Be Living Sankofas
by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR Past-President

While I was living in Ghana I discovered the rich world of symbol in that country’s history and culture. One of the Ghanaian symbols that spoke to me deeply was the Sankofa, a word meaning literally, “Go back and get it.” The Sankofa (pronounced SAN-koh-fah) symbol is a bird with an egg held gently in its beak. The bird’s feet and body are facing forward, while its head is turned, looking backward.

June 2020

What is Arising from this Holy Disquietude?

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ - LCWR President

Just after Easter, as I sat looking out my bedroom window, I could see the signs of spring vividly blooming in the bougainvillea, gazanias, hibiscus, and many other flowers whose names I don’t know! This beauty was a bit disquieting to me as I sat with the growing river of feelings that continually swirl within.

Spring 2020

The Challenge Before Humanity: Facing the Climate Crisis

Nadine McGuinness, CSJ

Summer 2020: Our Journey to the Borders and Beyond


The Summer 2020 issue of Occasional Papers, Our Journey to the Borders and Beyond, will be an important edition that looks at the call to religious in these chaotic and rapidly changing times. Writers in this issue explore the kind of presence religious are invited to embody for the sake of the world. How do we live with authenticity, integrity, and depth this spiritual journey that takes us to the borders of what we have known and compels us to move beyond? What does the world -- in all its changing dimensions -- most need for us to be?

May 2020

The Lord is Risen, Indeed

by Carol Zinn, SSJ -- LCWR Executive Director

April 2020

A Call to Spiritual Bonding

by Elise D. García, OP -- LCWR President-Elect

 As I write this column, the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is rocking our nation and the world.


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