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LCWR offers new reflection book:
Praying in These Emergent Times

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), is offering a new reflection resource, Praying in These Emergent Times, which can be preordered online until February 28th, 2014.
Each year, LCWR produces a book of reflections focused on a topic pertinent to spiritual journeys. While the cosmology and theologies that have influenced us for centuries and had us reflecting on one aspect of God – God as eternal, changeless, timeless, abiding – the new cosmology is helping us comprehend emerging concepts of God as also unfolding, relational, and not outside of time and space, but within its very fabric. Praying in These Emergent Times provides reflections by LCWR members where they share the images, stories, symbols, and questions that are shaping how they encounter God and how they pray. Artwork by Catholic sisters will accompany the reflections, as well as questions and suggestions for deepening the reader’s own prayer.

The per copy cost of the book is $5.00 plus shipping and can be paid by credit card or check. Bulk order rates are: 11-50 copies, $4.50; 51-100 copies, $4.25; more than 101 copies, $4.00 -- plus postage. LCWR will print only the number of copies preordered and the books will be mailed out by April.

LCWR is the association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States, including our congregation. It has more than 1500 members, who represent more than 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States. LCWR’s mission is threefold:

to assist its members personally and communally to carry out more collaboratively their service of leadership in order to accomplish further the mission of Christ in today’s world.
to foster dialogue and collaboration among religious congregations within the church and in the larger society; and
to develop models for initiating and strengthening relationships with groups concerned with the needs of society, thereby maximizing the potential of the conference for effecting change.

Proceeds from the sale of Praying in These Emergent Times help support the LCWR mission.

Call for Prayer Regarding Syria

September 10, 2013 - The Congregation of St. Joseph stands with LCWR in calling for our prayer, fasting and action regarding Syria. Please join us in contacting your representatives and the President calling for the actions listed below as soon as you get this message. Send this message to all whom you know. Pray and fast as Congress and the President deliberate about this grave concern regarding Syria, the U.S. and the world!

“We, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, are compelled to work toward a world where reverence for all living beings finds expression in an approach to life free from violence. We stand in solidarity with the victims of violence everywhere and with the leaders of our Catholic Church as we heed the Gospel call to peace, reconciliation, and universal love.

Like so many, we are horrified at the violence we witness in our world and appalled by the continued carnage in Syria. We wholeheartedly condemn the use of chemical weapons along with the indiscriminate killing of civilians, and other violations of international humanitarian law. In the face of so much pain and suffering; confronted by so much evil and immorality; we know that we must act.

However, we reject the false choice currently being offered by our political leaders in Washington, DC. We need not choose between military action and doing nothing. Like Pope Francis we know that, "Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence." Only aggressive diplomacy and deliberate dialogue can end the violence and bring about peace in Syria.

We urge the U.S. Congress and the President, working with the international community at the United Nations to provide the leadership necessary to:
• De-escalate the violence by stopping the flow of arms to all sides and seeking a ceasefire.
• Provide humanitarian assistance to the millions of Syrians forced to flee their homes by the continuing violence.
• Pursue a just political settlement with all of the stakeholders including members of civil society.
• Bring to justice those responsible for these egregious violations of international law and crimes against humanity.

We will act to stop the killing and end the violence. We join with Pope Francis in appealing for an end to violence everywhere and calling on all people of good will to observe a day of prayer and fasting for peace on September 7. Let us pray for the grace to respond to violence, conflict, and war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation, and love.”

The statement is posted on the LCWR website at:


Statement of Support

April 30, 2012 - The Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph respect the statement from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) stating their need for time to review a mandate from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and prepare a response. As members of LCWR, the Leadership Team of the Congregation of St. Joseph believe that the organization has remained faithful to its mission of service to leaders of congregations of women religious. We also want to express our gratitude to The Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) and to NETWORK for the invaluable services they provide.

Our prayers and support are with them.

Please direct any inquiries related to LCWR to Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM, director of communications for LCWR, at asanders@lcwr.org.

Click below to watch a wonderful YouTube video from Nun Justice that shows the support for the sisters from around the country.