As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly continued into its second day, keynote speakers developed the assembly theme of being the presence of love and the power of communion, raising issues of religious life governance, societal fragmentation and racial justice.
In her presidential address at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly, Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Teresa Maya told attendees a " 'change of epoch' is upon us in full force." She specified sisters' challenges — leading as a community regardless of numbers, working with younger sisters and confronting institutional racism — and instructed them to reach beyond with "eyes of faith."
This week, Holy Cross Sr. Sharlet Wagner, an immigration lawyer who has lived in four countries, transitions from president-elect to president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. All who spoke to GSR about Wagner stressed her capacity to listen and take in all points of view.
However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis, A Spiritual Journey of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is a collection of 10 essays about the doctrinal assessment and apostolic visitation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Today, two GSR columnists share their experience of both that time and of reading these reflections.
Roughly 800 sisters in leadership in their respective communities will gather Aug. 7-10 in St. Louis to reflect on this year's theme, "Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Communion," picking up exactly where last year's meeting left off.
The National Black Sisters' Conference celebrated its 50th anniversary Aug. 1 by honoring its founder, Patricia Grey. "The Holy Spirit was working through me. I was just the vessel," Grey said, at the closing banquet of a joint conference of several black clergy and religious groups.
A major new study has found that more than three-quarters of the leaders of religious orders of priests, brothers and sisters in the U.S. believe it is "theoretically possible" to ordain women as deacons in the Catholic Church.
Sr. Thea Bowman could start on the path toward becoming a saint in November, when the U.S. bishops are expected to approve her cause for sainthood at their biannual meeting, officials announced July 31. Four major black clergy and religious groups made the announcement July 31 along with the news that they will unite to advance the causes for sainthood for five African-American Catholics, with Bowman's expected to be added once the bishops approve.
Religious sisters won a battle with publicly traded gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. They used a shareholder resolution to force the company to start reporting on its gun safety measures. Shareholder resolutions are just one way sisters have been holding corporations to take social responsibility.
As religious communities undergo transition, we can learn from the "open-source" approach to software development to help better shape our communities' futures.
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