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Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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Update (Newsletter)

LCWR publishes a monthly newsletter for its members, entitled Update. Copies of the newsletter are available below.

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.

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.

March 2020

'An Attitude of Being'

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR Past President

February 2020

Challenges and Gifts of Intercultural Living

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ -- LCWR President

The topic most capturing my attention these days is intercultural living. Our congregation has long had women from other-than-the- dominant culture entering, specifically, Chinese, Filipina, and Latina. These women were the minority within their “bands” and assimilated into the congregational culture over the years. 

January 2020

Emmanuel, God-With-Us, Here and Now, Today and Tomorrow

by Carol Zinn, SSJ - LCWR Executive Director

As I’ve journeyed through these Advent days of holy waiting and watching, preparing for the feast of the Incarnation with eyes focused on a new calendar year filled with Epiphanies, the experience of the 2019 LCWR Assembly remains with me. The speakers and processes invited us to:

December 2019

 In Hopeful Expectation

 

 by Elise Garcia, OP -- LCWR President-Elect

As we enter this season of Advent in hopeful expectation of the new life that Mary will soon birth, the nations of the world gather in Madrid for their 25th year of climate talks, with the window for meaningful action fast closing.

November 2019

Reflections Under the Redwoods

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR Past President

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree. *

October 2019

Exploring the LCWR Assembly Pearls

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ -- LCWR President

As I sit down to write this column, it has been one month since our wonderful assembly in Scottsdale. Since that time, I’ve been in numerous energizing and stimulating dialogues about all that transpired during those short, yet impactful days together.

August/September 2019

A Reflection on This Year with LCWR

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ -- LCWR President-Elect

As I reflect on this past year as president-elect for LCWR, I’m filled with gratitude. Clearly, as religious life leaders, we live in a time that provides numerous opportunities for deep transformation of ourselves and our institutes. As I reflect on this year, some key words surface: listening, engaging, energizing, expansive, communion, letting go, and leaning in.

July 2019

Leading on Empty, Finding the Grace

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR Past President

June 2019

Building Bridges and Breaking Down Stereotypes

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR President

Canon law is not a topic that typically causes the eyes of women religious to light up. It is generally seen as dry and dogmatic, with a focus more on rules than on spirit and heart. I recently told some of our sisters that I find a great deal of wisdom and inspiration in the Code of Canon Law. They looked at me in a way that suggests they were mentally making plans to have me assessed for early-onset dementia!

May 2019

Black Holes, Holons, and Holy Mystery

by Carol Zinn, SSJ -- LCWR Executive Director

Holy Mystery. Sacred Presence. All-Embracing, Creator God.
Gracious Sprit. Womb of all Life. Ever-Gracing, Most Wondrous God.
In this moment, in our being, we are One.
We are One.  -- Monica Brown, "Holy Mystery"

April 2019

Enabling the Flourishing of Interculturality

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ

March 2019

Time to Move

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR Past President

February 2019

'You Pray for a Better Dream'

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR President

I write this column from my bedroom at our convent in Kyarusozi, Uganda, where I am visiting our sisters who minister at a rural health center. Uganda’s fertile soil and natural beauty have earned it the nickname “the Pearl of Africa.” But that natural beauty lives side-by-side with tremendous poverty, a result of colonialism, corruption, and years of warfare.

January 2019

Accelerated Grace

by Carol Zinn, SSJ - LCWR Executive Director

December 2018

Living the Questions

by Jayne Helmlinger, CSJ -- LCWR President-Elect

Living the questions. It is what I find myself doing these days. No matter if I’m attending a regional LCWR meeting or LCWR board meeting, being an observer at the USCCB assembly, or engaging in dialogue with sisters in my own congregation, questions abound. Questions about our “life” as women religious,  questions about nationalism, racism, polarization, climate change, immigration and migration, just to name a few, occupy my prayers, thoughts, conversations, and dreams.

November 2018

From Memoria Histórica to Memoria Mística

by Teresa Maya, CCVI - LCWR Past President

When this newsletter is sent out, what the Salvadoran people have known for many years will have been confirmed by our church: Oscar Romero is a saint. 

October 2018

Facing Our Histories of Racism

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC

August/September 2018

A Fine Mingling

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past-President

I know that the slow work of God about which Teilhard de Chardin wrote so eloquently really refers to the activity of grace or the glacier-like pace of evolution and human development. But if he had to extricate himself out of my office after 10 years of congregational leadership I’m pretty sure he’d include that in the lexicon of things that constitute the slow work of God. I know I do.

July 2018

A Season for Jubilee

by Teresa Maya, CCVI -- LCWR President

June 2018

Why Do Women Need the Catholic Church?

by Sharlet Wagner, CSC -- LCWR President-Elect

The campus minister of a Catholic women’s college invited me to speak in April to a group of students. He explained that young women are leaving the church in large numbers, and the campus ministry staff hears students question why women should remain part of this institution. He asked me to speak to why the Catholic Church needs women, and why women need the Catholic Church.

May 2018

The Future That Has Already Entered Us

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

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