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LCWR’s Farrell speaks at event honoring Chicago sister

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A Chicago area Catholic sister was honored on Saturday for her decades of work on social justice issues by one of the region’s most well known Catholic agencies.

Also celebrating the life and work of Benedictine Sr. Benita Coffey was one of the nation’s most recognized sisters, Franciscan Sr. Pat Farrell, the former leader of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

Coffey, a native Chicagoan who has been a member of the her religious community for 64 years, received The Mary Elsbernd, OSF Award from the 8th Day Center for Justice.

Mercy Home Holds Family Spirit Day

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The ordinarily serene enclosed garden of the former mother house of the Brooklyn Sisters of Mercy was alive with music and voices Sunday; the air, warmed by gentle breezes carried tantalizing aroma of burgers and hot dogs sizzling on the grill -- a first course in advance of the sit down dinner to follow the range of outdoor activities.  Sept. 15th was Family Spirit Day for the 109 residents of  Mercy Home's 13 supervised houses, their 300 caregivers and the residents' relatives. 

LCWR: 'Profound sharing' with Sartain, 'uncertain' of progress

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The leadership of the main group representing U.S. Catholic sisters met this weekend with the archbishop appointed by the Vatican to oversee them and they had a "profound and honest sharing of views," the group said in a statement Monday.

Representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) were meeting with Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who was appointed by the Vatican in April 2012 as the group's "archbishop delegate" and given wide authority to revise its statutes and programs,

The Power of the Muzzle

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The otherwise noble Leadership Conference of Women Religious has done itself a disservice by agreeing to be muzzled. The Vatican demanded it as part of the visit to their annual assembly by Archbishop Sartain in his recently appointed role as their disciplinarian. Going along with it continued the sisters' pattern of believing that secrecy is the means of realizing their goals and assuring Rome's best behavior.

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