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.
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.
Holy Cross Sr. Sharlet Wagner, the 2018-2019 president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, spoke on the issue of abuse in her Aug. 15 presidential address at the organization's annual assembly. "It is a source of deep pain for us that in some instances, our own sisters have been perpetrators of the abuse," she said. "This is a truth we must not attempt to avoid."
In her Aug. 15 presidential address to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' annual assembly, Holy Cross Sr. Sharlet Wagner said Catholic sisters are called to stand together and be models of hope in world beset by hateful rhetoric and political division.
Catholic Mobilizing Network Executive Director Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy spoke to about 40 sisters and guests at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' annual Assembly Aug. 15, in a session on why actively fighting capital punishment is so important.
"We are outraged and heartbroken when our political leaders appeal to our basest instincts and stoke the fires of fear that threaten to tear the fabric of our nation apart," the sisters said. "We cannot, we will not, let the voices of hatred and fear carry the day.
"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.
It's one thing to speak truth to power. But sometimes, it's much more daunting to speak truth to each other. Do we know how to create inclusive processes of truthful illumination and contemplative discernment in parish councils, church-reform conferences and beyond?
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.
LCWR 2019 - As a Sister of St. Joseph of Orange, "I love to connect people to our mission," Sr. Jayne Helmlinger says. Colleagues say her experience leading a community of increasing diversity will serve her well in a national role with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
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