The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is giving its highest honor to former president Sr. Pat Farrell, for leadership “through an exceptionally challenging time.”
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Benedictine Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki received the Archbishop Oscar Romero Award from the Mercyhurst University Religious Studies Department. The award is given out each year to an “organization or individual who meets the criteria of ‘living the call of faith and justice in an extraordinary manner,’” according to The Merciad, Mercyhurst’s newspaper.
Daughter of Charity Sr. Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, will speak at Emory University on "Challenges for Catholic Health Care in a Complex World," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Click here for more information.
The Emory University website lists a few topics Keehan will discuss, including:
Nigel Baker, the UK Ambassador to the Holy See, blogs from his government's Foreign Office website.
From Where I Stand: The church could use this opportunity to do a little demystifying to better connect with the 21st-century world.
With a lecture titled “Priesthood of the Faithful: Light in the Darkness,” former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Dominican Sr. Mary Hughes spoke about what it means today, after the Second Vatican Council, for a Catholic to fulfill his or her baptismal call.
Hughes spoke Thursday at the Dudleian Lecture at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. The talk was also live-streamed, and it was to be available soon on the divinity school’s website.
With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow Rome time his pontificate comes to an end, Roman curial heads resign, and the Vatican shuts down.
We all become adults again, at least until we have a new “Holy Father.”
But that’s not all. The old guard, those Vatican prelates who colluded to force an outrageous investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and who ordered LCWR into a receivership until it mends its ways, are out.
They will have no authority to continue their work, pending a new dictate by a new pope.
In Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, ex-convict Jean Valjean in France fulfills his second chance with help from a bishop. Some female ex-offenders in New York today get a second chance because of an organization founded by women religious.
St. Joseph Sr. Teresa Fitzgerald is the executive director of Hour Children, a New York not-for-profit organization that helps mothers released from prison get their lives in order. It provides services inside and outside of prisons, such as housing, employment training, mentoring and day care.
Analysis: The insult of the investigation of American nuns, which came in the middle of Benedict's reign, appears to have backfired.
NCR Today: The president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said the new pope should work with the sisters "to support our mission."