The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. Its members represent nearly 80 percent of the approximately 44,000 women religious in the United States. LCWR's website provides links to nearly 200 congregations.
Each community of women religious has a unique charism, a gift from the Holy Spirit that sets it apart and empowers its members for their work in the world. Learn more about charisms here.
Called and Consecrated is a free, online curriculum that tells the stories of Catholic sisters in the United States and around the world.
This resource from the "A Nun's Life" website explains the basic steps for exploring a vocation to religious life.
Solidarity with Sisters is a group of people seeking to grow through spiritual practices and social action, in solidarity with the Leadership Conference for Women Religious. Its website includes resources on community life, contemplation, social action and other aspects of religious life.
"Sisterhood" is a seven-part video series that explores the mission and ministries of congregations of women religious in Vietnam, Tanzania, the United States and other places. The Sisterhood website features a trailer and descriptions of the 30-minute episodes, which are available for rental. Each episode also has its own study guide for further reflection.
The deaths of four U.S. churchwomen in El Salvador on Dec.
St. Teresa of Kolkata, well known as Mother Teresa, founded the Missionaries of Charity congregation and served poor, marginalized and dying people in India and around the world. Here are links to articles about her published in National Catholic Reporter and Global Sisters Report.
Sr. Helen Prejean journeys with prisoners sentenced to die and works to abolish capital punishment. A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, her books include the bestselling "Dead Man Walking." Here are some articles about her from National Catholic Reporter and Global Sisters Report.