It is impossible to miss the flood of social media updates and news articles that have made LCWR a household acronym. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a canonical organization representing the vast majority of Catholic Sisters in the United States, received notice by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) that Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle will be overseeing a “renewal” of the organization.
With our sisters and the broader Catholic family, we are shocked and saddened. We are still processing the news and there are still many unknowns. We do not know, for example, how the mandates in the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will be implemented. As we’ve read and listened to the news, we’ve found some resources that have been helpful to us in looking at both the immediate story and the bigger picture. We hope these are helpful to you as well.
We ask for your continued prayer and support of LCWR and the sisters it represents, of Archbishop Sartain and his assistants Bishop Leonard Blair and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, and of the whole Catholic Church in the U.S.
We hold LCWR in our prayers for their faithful service to the Church and for furthering the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.