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January 2005 Leadership Conference of Women Religious Newsletter

January 2005 Leadership Conference of Women Religious Newsletter

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LCWR Update -- January 2005 -- page 1
 
 
Inside this issue:
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January 2005
Working on Human Trafficking Advocating Against theDeath Penalty
New LCWRPeacemaking Publication
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s part of the LCWR’s jubilee celebration, themembership of LCWR advised the conferenceto mount an exhibit at the Smithsonian. Thisexhibit would describe the contribution of women reli-gious to the culture of the United States. Pursuing thisidea is the History Committee: Barbara Cervenka, OP;Mary Charlotte Chandler, RSCJ; Helen Garvey, BVM;Karen M. Kennelly, CSJ; and Constance Phelps, SCL.On December 14, Helen and Barbara, along with LCWRexecutive director Carole Shinnick, SSND, traveled tothe Smithsonian where they heard Sheila Burke and James Gardner, executives of the Smithsonian, cau-tion them about the many challenges to mounting anexhibit:The closing of the American History Museum for twoyears for renovation,Lack of funds and personnel,The fact that the priority of the Smithsonian is its
 A Journey to the Smithsonian
LCWR executive director Carole Shinnick, SSND; andLCWR Jubilee History Committee members Helen MaherGarvey, BVM and Barbara Cervenka, OP visited the Smith-sonian and the FADICA offices to investigate possibilities of mounting an exhibit on the contribution of women religiousto US culture.(continued on page 3)
Reflections on the Congress on Consecrated Life: A Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity 
 by Christine Vladimiroff, OSB, LCWR President
 
was privileged to represent LCWR at the Congress on Consecrated Life,celebrated in Rome from November 23-27. It was organized by the twoUnions of Superiors General of women and men. It was a wonderfulexperience of being part of a global society and a universal church. There were847 religious from all parts of the world who participated. The organizersworked very hard to express a universal church with no boundaries. Devel-oped countries helped to fund participants from the developing parts of theworld. There were 95 religious from Africa, 250 from America, 92 from Asia,16 from Oceania and 394 from Europe. The majority in attendance w
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supe-riors general but also represented were presidents from 130 of the national con-
(continued on page 4)
 
LCWR Update -- January 2005 -- page 2
 
From the LCWR Presidency
by Constance Phelps, SCL -- LCWR Past President
Remembering and Anticipating
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he New Year is, for me, an oppor-tunity to remember and to antici-pate.Reflecting on the past year, I rememberthe opportunities and the challenges wefaced as a conference. The challengeswere many, some more prominent thanothers. I am sure each of us could listand comment on their importance fromour own perspectives.As we lived through the last six monthsof the year, I recall we needed, occasion-ally, to act with deliberation, sometimes more swiftlythan our processes allow. We had to make decisionsabout issues our conference had not previously faced,and, at times, to risk proceeding without conferringwith you, our members. As is indicative of a healthyorganization, not all of you agreed with our decisions.Your critique was welcome, and provided insight forour ongoing discernment and future decisions. Yet,through it all, you were a tremendous support, andcontinue to be as we move where we are called.The opportunities were many, as well. Of the manyhighlights of 2004, of note was my participation in theCatholic scholars’ consultation “The Person, the Poor,and the Common Good: A Catholic Dialogue on theEnvironment.” Sponsored jointly by USCCB and theUniversity of St. Thomas, it brought together 60 partici-pants from various academic fields, as well as bishops,heads of national Catholic organizations, diocesan so-cial actions leaders, and media representatives. BishopWilliam Skylstad reflected that the conference themecomponents “not only need deeper exploration, but(were) ones where the church can make a difference.”Follow up in the spring will review the effort of over adecade and reflect upon possible future initiatives.
As we accept all, I pray we remain Spirit-driven as we faithfully continue to act and respond in a manner that flows from who we are, and that reflects  what we value as we continually moves toward truth and justice.Looking back, we did learn from both the opportunities and the challenges.We stood together and moved confidently forward.
 As I remember 2004, I am thankful forthe way in which God entered our livesand ministry as a conference. It was not,always, the manner in which I may haveselected, but it was the grace of the mo-ment. And, looking back, we did learnfrom both the opportunities and the chal-lenges. We stood together and movedconfidently forward. And we could nothave done so without the support andleadership of Carole Shinnick, SSND andour national staff. I am deeply gratefulfor their service to us as they absorbed allthe “extras” and sustained their normalresponsibilities during these past months.As I anticipate 2005, I am optimistic. I am hopeful aswe embrace Our Call 2004-2009. I look forward to theInterAmerican Conference in Brazil in May. I await,with eagerness, the opening of our Jubilee year and allthat it will encompass. And I am energized and encour-aged as I continue to observe all the persons and situ-ations touched and affected by the lived commitmentand ministry of women religious.Yet, I am realistic. I know we will face unknown chal-lenges amidst the opportunities, in our congregations aswell as in our conference. There will be heartfelt lossesmingled with beautiful surprises and blessings. As weaccept all, I pray we remain Spirit-driven as we faith-fully continue to act and respond in a manner that flowsfrom who we are, and that reflects what we value as wecontinually moves toward truth and justice.A blessed New Year to all of you! 
 
LCWR Update -- January 2005 -- page 3
 
 A Journey to the Smithsonian
(continued from page 1)Barbara Cervenka, OP and Helen Garvey, BVM meet withFrank Butler at the FADICA office in Washington, DC.
own collection. (Ninety-eight percent of the Smithson-ian collection is not exhibited.).As the LCWR representatives listened to these practi-cal concerns, they also remembered the unsung com-mitment of the women of congregations to education,healthcare, and social service. They recalled the mis-sion of justice embraced by congregations through theyears and renewed in the era following Vatican II. Theyspoke this truth. By the end of the meeting it was clearthat there is a possibility of having a temporary exhibitat the Smithsonian which may well be a photographyshow. Burke and Gardner advised that there must be acompelling theme (angle) which will interest the gener-al public; telling the story about women’s contributionsis not good enough. How did sisters make a difference?What did their lives change?On the following day, December 15, Helen, Barbara andCarole visited Frank Butler, of FADICA (Foundationsand Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, Inc.). Thepurpose of the visit was to gain more knowledge aboutgrants. Because the exhibit cannot be funded by LCWR,such knowledge is essential. Mr. Butler was enormous-ly generous and helpful.The committee will pursue these questions at its January 2005 meeting. Mounting an exhibit at theSmithsonian is a complex goal, including the writing ofproposals for the Smithsonian and for funding agencies.However, as Helen recalls, “The journey of a thousandmiles begins with a single step.”
New LCWR Publication on Peacemakingin Process
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he Leadership Confer-ence of Women Reli-gious will be publish-ing a daily reflection bookthat encourages deeper prob-ing of the 2004 joint assem- bly focus on peacemaking.The book will contain reflec-tions by 55 LCWR memberson the words of various writ-ers and thinkers on creating peace, as well as on relatedpassages of scripture. The objectives of this publicationare:Provide LCWR members with a spiritual tool thatcan aid their reflection on the call to be peacemak-ers in these violent timesProvide LCWR members with a resource that can be shared as well with their own membersFoster a bond of unity in prayer among LCWRmembers, other women religious and anyone elsewho wishes to utilize the reflections. More than22,000 copies of the 2004 LCWR reflection bookwere sold, enabling many people to join in prayertogether around a common theme.LCWR members, associates and subscribers willreceive a copy of the publication. Information onordering additional copies of the publication will besent via a World Merge message in January. The bookis designed for use for the months of May and June.
Stop Trafficking! Newsletter Highlights Work of Women Religious
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he November issue of Stop Trafficking! focusedon awareness-raising and collaboration of groupsworking against human trafficking. Efforts ofwomen religious, both congregations and coalitions,are featured in many of the articles. To access this issueof the newsletter, go tohttp:/homepage.mac.com/srjeanschafersds/stoptraffic/index.htmland click onVol. 2 No. 11.

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