The "Nuns on the Bus" are revving up their engines for another national campaign, this time for social justice along the country's Southern border to push Congress to pass immigration reform.
Is LCWR properly described simply as a “leftist group of US nuns”? Is this the impression we are to be left with after decades of its work? Is this what LCWR means to the church and wider US society?
What has caused this simplistic impression?
We say: The simple fact is that the women have never been able to talk with the pope directly. Why must they rely on men to convey their case?
The immediate past leader of the main group of U.S. Catholic sisters is to receive an honorary doctorate from Jesuit-run Fairfield University.
Sr. Pat Farrell, the past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws at the Connecticut institution's annual commencement, the university announced Friday.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network will honor St. Joseph Sr. Helen Prejean with the “Robert M. Holstein: Faith that Does Justice Award” May 7 in New Orleans. Prejean is known for her work advocating against the death penalty.
So do we need to be reminded yet again of what U.S. Catholics think of their women religious?
Here’s another measure of affection:
Nearly 500 people jammed into a conference room April 13 at the St. Regis Hotel for Catholic Charities CYO’s annual Loaves and Fishes awards dinner and gala. Each year organizers honor some worthy recipient with the Loaves and Fishes Award for Faith in Action. It’s for someone who has done extraordinary work on behalf of the needy of the archdiocese.
The president of the primary group of U.S. Catholic sisters has asked Pope Francis to consider appointing women to "major leadership posts" in the church and to be open to dialog with women religious.
Franciscan Sr. Florence Deacon, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), makes those encouragements in the May issue of U.S. Catholic, the magazine published by the Claretians.
While some sisters said the reaffirmation created a wait-and-see moment, others were discouraged. "Nothing has changed," one sister said.
Sr. M. Patrice Kerin, a Franciscan sister in Sylvania, Ohio, who served as general superior and established the health care system Franciscan Services Corporation, died April 7 after a brief illness. She was 86.
Kerin was a good debater and listener, someone who helped people discover solutions instead of giving orders herself, friends said. She exhibited Franciscan values and Irish hospitality, they said.
"She had just a wonderful way of giving you the reverence that you were the only person that was important to her at that time," Franciscan Sr. Rachel Nijakowski said.
A year ago, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the US sisters' work contained "themes incompatible with the Catholic faith." Pope Francis has reportedly reaffirmed the assessment.