Grey Nun Leadership Attends 2023 Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Assembly

Written on: October 4, 2023

The annual Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Assembly was held in Dallas in August. Grey Nun Leadership Sisters Denise Roche, Eileen White, Nancy Kaczmarek and Barbara Schiavoni participated, along with Sr. Julia Lanigan, an LCWR “Conversation Partner.”

Pictured above are, from left to right: Sr. Julia Lanigan, Sr. Nancy Kaczmarek, Sr. Eileen White, Pat Cohen, Sr. Denise Roche, and Sr. Barbara Schiavoni.

The four-day gathering centered around the theme “Drawn by Sacred Mystery: A Journey Into Hope”. Together with over 700 religious life leaders, we explored the realities facing US religious life today through a cosmic lens, noting how our story fits with what is evolving and emerging in the larger universe.

We also explored how we can grow in awareness of the sacred mystery that surrounds us and trust its movement within our lives and the lives of our congregations.

We experienced sacred mystery through prayer, song, conversations, contemplation, and many fine presentations. The desire to collaborate with other religious and our lay partners resounded from table sharing, breakout sessions and informal conversations.

Nurturing relationships, acknowledging vulnerability, and cultivating hope were named as essentials as we live into the emerging future of religious life.

Our friend and former colleague Pat Cohen joined us for dinner one evening. It was wonderful to catch up with Pat.

Each of the LCWR keynote presentations are available both as video recordings and as text. Click here to view them.

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