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LCWR embraces 'a new way' of religious life at annual meeting

August 17, 2011

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has elected a new leader, at an annual meeting that emphasized “transforming” religious life and embracing “a new way.”

Sister Florence Deacon was elected president of the LCWR, after the outgoing leader, Sister Mary Hughes, spoke about the need to offer forgiveness, citing the example of saints who forgave their persecutors.

The LCWR meeting took place amid an atmosphere of relief, since the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious has signaled that an apostolic visitation of women’s religious orders in the US will not lead to any demands for serious reform.


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  • Posted by: - Aug. 18, 2011 10:21 AM ET USA

    Hmmm. Try authenticity? Now THAT would be a new approach!

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Aug. 18, 2011 9:54 AM ET USA

    Please do not boycott the collections for aging religious! Remember that those in their seveties and eighties and nineties have overwhelingly been faithful to God's Word and the teachings of the Church. (Most of the dissenters are no where near retirement age!). These good women should not pay the price for those who are now rejecting the teachings of our Lord and Church. Pray for them and show generous mercy and compassion to them as our Lord would want us to do.

  • Posted by: john1948 - Aug. 17, 2011 11:08 PM ET USA

    What better reason to boycott the annual collection for retired religious. These congregations have brought about their own ruin and they cannot disappear soon enough. I prefer to financially support those congregations which are faithful to the Church.

  • Posted by: mwean7331 - Aug. 17, 2011 10:17 PM ET USA

    I was educated in Catholic schools for 12 years and am grateful for that. I am curious about how many of these nuns in the confraternity live in community and wear a habit, or are they social workers living independently. Their concepts strike me as Nuns who would favor ordination of women and all the other radical ideals being put forth to insure their gender are not ignored by the male "hierarchy" Heaven forbid! in my mind these women are the reason for lack of vocations

  • Posted by: LittleRedHen - Aug. 17, 2011 7:32 PM ET USA

    I read the article and ended up bewildered, angry and disgusted. Why can't they speak plainly about what their mission is? Moreover, how do these orders support themselves?

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Aug. 17, 2011 6:01 PM ET USA

    Read the whole NCR article; what a bunch of New Age gobbledygook! This is why the numbers are dropping in so many orders. What young woman today wants to join orders of women obviously stuck in the 1960's counter-culture? As to no "demands for serious reform", then the visitation was a waste of time, and those orders will die out due to irrelevance--but perhaps that's just as well.