Resources

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Steps and stages of the formation process for women religious
Document

The word "formation" refers to the stages of discernment as women advance toward making a lifetime commitment to a particular religious community. While the length of the steps vary and are shaped by the distinct tradition, the process of discerning a call both to religious life and a particular community is similar.

The entire process can take as long as a decade or more, involving both the woman and the community. There are canonical requirements regarding certain stages, but...

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FADICA report: Understanding Our U.S. Catholic Sisters Today
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Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame produced a report for FADICA about U.S. Catholic sisters, December 2015. A four-page executive summary is follwed by 40-page report, December 2015.

Click to read or download it here.

Full text is below:

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African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC)
Organization

The mission of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) is to facilitate educational opportunities for women religious in Africa which will enable them to enhance and expand access to educational, healthcare, social and spiritual services for the people they serve.

ASEC administers four program areas: Sisters Leadership Development Initiative, Higher Education for Sisters in Africa, The Bigwa Secondary...

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Statement of the LCWR officers on the CDF doctrinal assessment and conclusion of the mandate
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Statement of the LCWR officers on the CDF doctrinal assessment and conclusion of the mandate

Issued by Sister Sharon Holland, IHM (LCWR President); Sister Marcia Allen, CSJ (LCWR President-Elect); Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ (LCWR Past President); and Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC (LCWR Executive Director)

We have been asked by our members and the public for our thoughts and reflections regarding the completion of the mandate of implementation...

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LCWR statements about doctrinal assessment, 2009-2015
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Excerpts of statements issued by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious about the doctrinal assessment and mandate of April 2012 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

March 31, 2009: https://lcwr.org/media/news/doctrinal-assessment-lcwr-vaticans-congregation-doctrine-faith

On March 10, 2009, J Lora Dambroski, OSF, as president of...

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Writing Workshop for Sisters
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Based on Writing Workshop – Enugu, Nigeria, July 17, 2014, and adapted for additional workshops

Read what the sisters shared in these articles.

Specifics: Original writing workshop was held with 35 sisters from a variety of different small congregations who were completing their tertianship just before their final vows. I led the workshop in a retreat center run by...

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Vatican press release on the end of the mandate for LCWR and the joint statement
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Vatican press release on the end of the mandate for LCWR and the joint statement

Giovedì, 16.04.2015 / Thursday, April 16, 2015

N. 0278

Sommario / Summary:

  • Press Release on the Final Report regarding the implementation of the LCWR Doctrinal Assessment and Mandate of April 2012 by CDF
  • Joint Final Report on the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) by...
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Archives of the National Catholic Reporter: Selected stories about sisters
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We've reached back into the print archives of National Catholic Reporter to bring you some articles about sisters, starting with ones from 1965 about their involvement in the Selma, Alabama, civil rights marches. Click here to see a list of what is available so far.

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Rejoice! – Letter for the Year of Consecrated Life
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Conference of Religious of Ireland
Religious Conference

The purpose of the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) is to serve the leaders and through them the members of Religious Congregations.  It provides a forum where religious can work together in the mission they hold in common.

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Communicators for Women Religious
Organization

The mission of Communicators for Women Religious is to be a network of professional support and education for members who promote understanding of women religious, enhance their image and advance their mission

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Confederación Latinoamericana de Religiosas y Religiosos (CLAR)
Religious Conference
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Religious Orders of Women

Comprehensive listing of Religious Orders of Women

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Canadian Religious Conference
Religious Conference
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Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM USA)
Organization

AIM USA is an organization composed of 140 communities of men and women in the United States and Canada who follow the Rule of Benedict and over 450 English-speaking monasteries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Sisters of Earth
Organization

Sisters of Earth is an informal network of women who share a deep concern for the ecological and spiritual crises of our times and who wish to support one another in work toward healing the human spirit and restoring Earth’s life support systems.

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U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Organization
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The Vatican
Organization

Official site of the Holy See. A link can be found to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life here.

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National Black Sisters' Conference
Organization

The National Black Sisters’ Conference (NBSC) is an inclusive organization of Black Catholic Women Religious and Associates from across the United States.  

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The North American Conference of Associates and Religious
Organization

The North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) is a membership organization that acts as a catalyst to serve, empower and promote the Associate-Religious relationship.

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United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Organization

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is the official organization of the Catholic hierarchy in the U.S.

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Giving Voice
Organization

Giving Voice is a peer led organization that creates spaces for younger women religious to give voice to their hopes, dreams and challenges in religious life. 

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A Nun's Life Ministry

A Nun’s Life Ministry helps people discover and grow in their vocation by engaging questions about God, faith, and religious life. The ministry is partially funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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SisterStory and National Catholic Sisters Week

SisterStory, a project of St. Catherine’s University, is a national campaign aimed at broadening awareness of Catholic sisters through storytelling and National Catholic Sisters Week. The project is funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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Leadership Conference of Women Religious

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) founded in 1956 is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States, who represent more than 80 percent of the approximately 51,600 women religious in the United States. LCWR's website provides links to nearly 200 congregations.

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Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious
Religious Conference

Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) in the United States is a group of major superiors which formed in 1992. CMSWR's website provides links or contact information for over 100 communities.

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National Religious Vocation Conference

National Religious Vocation Conference is a U.S. professional organization of vocation ministers of both women and men religious institutes.

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International Union of Superiors General

International Union of Superiors General (UISG) is a worldwide, canonically approved organization of superiors general of institutes of Catholic women religious. UISG and the Union of Superior Generals (men) also share a website Vidimus Dominum with news items, articles and links...

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Talitha Kum
Organization

Talitha Kum: International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, whose purpose is to share and maximize the resources that religious life has on behalf of prevention, protection and assistance, awareness raising and denouncement of trafficking in persons.

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Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern Africa
Religious Conference

Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) is comprised of the National Associations of Women Religious from Nine Eastern African Countries, namely; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Republic of Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan and Zambia.

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Religious Formation Conference

Religious Formation Conference  is a U.S. national Roman Catholic organization serving religious institutes of women and men with programs and services for those in the ministry of initial and lifelong formation, and general congregational membership.

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