Women religious

LCWR leader hopes assembly a contemplative experience for attendees

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said organizers of this year's assembly hope attendees would find it to be a contemplative experience because "it is imperative to view religious life within the context of our faith and in an evolving world."

"We have included an hour and a half of contemplative prayer at all meetings to determine what the signs of today are calling us to and we hope that the entire experience of this assembly will be an act of contemplation," said Franciscan Sister Florence Deacon.

LCWR leader hopes assembly a contemplative experience for attendees

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, and Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain concelebrate Mass Aug. 14 during the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly in Orlando, Fla. The annual gathering brings together members of a majority of the women's religious congregations in the U.S.

 

 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The president of the Leadership Conference of
Women Religious said organizers of this year's assembly hope attendees
would find it to be a contemplative experience because "it is imperative
to view religious life within the context of our faith and in an
evolving world."

"We have included an hour and a half of contemplative prayer at all
meetings to determine what the signs of today are calling us to and we
hope that the entire experience of this assembly will be an act of
contemplation," said Franciscan Sister Florence Deacon.

Nun vs. nun? Two convents' CDs vie for spot atop Billboard charts

WASHINGTON -- It's not exactly the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones, but just as those two bands shook up the pop charts nearly a half-century ago, two convents' CDs are vying for a spot atop the Billboard classical music charts.

The defending champion, for 13 weeks straight, is "Angels and Saints at Ephesus," performed by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a cloistered convent near St. Joseph, Mo. Their streak marks the first time since 2006 that a CD has stayed at the top of Billboard magazine's classical traditional music chart.

Several Nashville Dominicans mark transitions along vocational path

Sister Margaret Mary Sallwasser, left, and Sister Mary Justin Haltom helped Sister Mary Gianna Klein prepare for the Mass where she was among 11 members of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia making their final profession of the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Sister Margaret Mary and Sister Mary Gianna are from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation celebrated a series of transitions in their Nashville-based community as several women made their final profession of vows or their first profession of vows, and still others entered the novitiate.

The transitions will be capped with the arrival Aug. 15 of 28 young women who will enter the community as postulants.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Margaret Maher, OSU

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 16 for Sister Mary Margaret Maher at the Ursuline Convent Chapel in Alton, Ill. Sister Mary Margaret died July 11 at the Ursuline Queen of Peace health care center in Alton. She was 95.

A native of Assumption, Ill., she graduated from Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood and entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1935. She made her religious vows in 1938. She earned a bachelor's degree from Fontbonne University, a master's degree in education from St. Louis University and a master's degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago.

St. Louis sisters join national conference for religious under 50

Several St. Louis women religious took part in the annual Giving Voice National Gathering, a conference for members of religious orders under the age of 50. The four-day conference was held July 5-8 in Belmont, Calif., and brought together sisters from more than 30 congregations across North and South America. The sisters prayed and reflected on the future of mission and ministry in the Church and society in the 21st century.

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