Nancy Sylvester


Nancy Sylvester is founder and director of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue. She served in leadership of her own religious community, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Michigan, as well as in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Prior to that, she was national coordinator of Network, the national Catholic social justice lobby. You may be interested in the current Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue program, "Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference." For information, go to

Articles by Nancy Sylvester

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A modern-day crucifixion Apr 11, 2017 Story : Column
The Welcoming Prayer: a powerful, transformative practice Mar 29, 2017 Story : Column
Lightning rods and rainbows Feb 23, 2017 Story : Column
Greeting the new year with compassion Jan 5, 2017 Story : Column
Become communities of cosmic sentries Nov 29, 2016 Story : Column
Becoming a civil and respectful democracy once again Oct 18, 2016 Story : Column
Coping with anger and frustration in a contemplative way Aug 29, 2016 Story : Column
A special moment in time, a fullness leading to newness Aug 22, 2016 Story : Column
We need to tell a new story Jul 6, 2016 Story : Column
Behold, the Body of Christ May 24, 2016 Story : Column
The tenacity of hope: Shining examples of Detroit's students Apr 25, 2016 Story : Column
Proclaiming the Good News Mar 30, 2016 Story : Column
An icon to contemplate this Lent Feb 15, 2016 Story : Column
A lesson from outer space: One species Jan 5, 2016 Story : Column
Exercising our religious imagination this Christmas Dec 16, 2015 Story : Column
A global quest for God Nov 9, 2015 Story : Column
'Noisy contemplation' Oct 13, 2015 Story : Column
Taking a long loving look at authentic religious life Sep 3, 2015 Story : Column
Laudato Si’ . . . a Call to Contemplation Jul 2, 2015 Story : Column
Exercising contemplative power with the Vatican Jun 1, 2015 Story : Column
Exercising contemplative power with some interesting partners Apr 20, 2015 Story : Column
Exercising contemplative power in the face of growing racial, religious and sexual diversity Mar 16, 2015 Story : Column
The world’s greatest wireless connection Jan 14, 2015 Story : Column
'Exercising Contemplative Power' Nov 4, 2014 Story : Column
Learning to trust again Sep 30, 2014 Story : Column