Sr. Norma Pimentel, LCWR award recipient, embraces 'holy chaos' of her ministry to migrants

Sr. Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, sees hundreds of migrants daily at her center, often their first stop after being released from border authorities. Pimentel and her staff welcome them and help prepare them for their rest of their journey. For her work, she received LCWR's Outstanding Leadership Award on Aug. 16.

LCWR commits to combat racism, serve immigrants and address climate change

Nearly 700 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious voted unanimously Aug. 16 to commit the organization, their congregations and themselves to key social issues. The vote was the culmination of nearly a year of work drafting the organization's statement; it followed the end of a session during the group's annual Assembly that explored the ways racism, migration and climate change are interconnected. 

UISG director to LCWR assembly: No need to fear doing the 'small things'

"The responses needed today are often not found in the big initiatives of the past but instead are like tiny mustard seeds: a word of hope, a listening heart, a compassionate presence, a healing glance. This mysticism of encounter happens everywhere," said Sr. Pat Murray, executive director of the International Union of Superiors General, during the opening day keynote address at the 2019 assembly for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Angela's Family: charism expanding

At our recent convocation, we Ursuline sisters, associates and friends heard from Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Teresa Maya, who gave us a new way of thinking about charism. For each congregation, she said, there is a founding call. Then, as need finds us, there is an apostolic response to that call. Charism happens in the present moment of the dialog between the two.

Sister who questioned church on rape accusation is expelled by her community in India

The Franciscan Clarist congregation has expelled Sr. Lucy Kalappura, one of its members who had questioned the official church's indifference to a nun who says a Catholic bishop raped her. The congregation cited other reasons for expelling Kalappura, such as buying a car without getting the required permission from her superiors and violating other rules.

LCWR to examine: What does it mean to be a leader at this moment in time?

LCWR 2019 - With an expanded guest list "to widen the circle of insight," the 2019 assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will be held Aug. 13-16 event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The theme for this year's annual event is "Imagining leadership in a global community," an approach to bring sessions' disparate subjects — such as racism, climate change and strategic planning — into a cohesive whole.