LCWR 2019

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. 

Face facts, says LCWR president: Sisters have been part of Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal

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."

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.

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.