Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times

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"VERDICT Any idea of nuns as out of touch or ill-informed is rapidly overturned by this stirring set of speeches; these women, and their orders, are as true Christians as can be found in our country, and the inherent story here of their moral growth should be of interest to all American Catholics, to women's groups, and to Vatican watchers."--Library Journal, Starred Review

"Powerful, profound, prophetic . . . [they challenge] everyone in the church to walk their different vocational paths with the fullest measure of love and truth."--Elizabeth A. Johnson, Fordham University

In April 2012 the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) received a notification from the Vatican charging the organization with doctrinal and pastoral errors that were "grave and a matter of serious concern." One of the outcomes was an outpouring of support and solidarity with the sisters, an appreciation for their lives of selfless service, and evidence of a strong hunger for a type of spiritual leadership attuned to the signs of the times.

This volume collects ten presidential addresses from the LCWR's annual assemblies.  Beginning in 1978 with Sister Joan Chittister's reflections on the changing models of religious life, it concludes with Sister Pat Farrell's moving speech at the historic 2012 gathering, responding to the Vatican's notification.

"These addresses are remarkable articulations of the challenges faced and the contributions offered by women Religious who, amid massive misunderstanding, institutional resistance, and material loss, have been shining a steady light into the darkness of both culture and Church in the last three decades."--Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, author, Prophets in Their Own Country

Annmarie Sanders, IHM, is director of communications for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in Silver Spring, Maryland.



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Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times
Presidential Addresses from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Annmarie Sanders, IHM
Readers should not only applaud their [women religious] extraordinary efforts in so many areas of society but use the wisdom and knowledge they impart that has come through their hard work and difficult circumstances to better respond to the people and Church they so successfully serve.
This resource only reconfirms our admiration for women religious and the astonishing work they do.
... inspiring, challenging, sometimes painful, but hardly heretical or in need of investigation.
The depth of thought and creativity by the presidents [of LCWR] affirm again the extraordinary qualities of erudition, conscience and character that distinguish American sisters. These speeches are cultured meditations that render the Gospel authentic.
"A fine survey of topics that illustrate the mission and vision of LCWR."
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