Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Scenario 3

Scenario 3: Sojourning in a Strange Land Read about the first and second scenarios by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. The third scenario tells the heartbreaking story of Hagar (Genesis 21.9-21). Hagar is Sarah’s Egyptian maidservant. African American women have long identified with Hagar because she is both a servant and a surrogate mother as many blackContinue reading “Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Scenario 3”

Possible Futures For Catholic Sisters: The 2nd Scenario

Scenario 2: Acquiescence Read about the first scenario here The familiar household of Mary and Martha in the village of Bethany provides the setting for acquiescence (Luke 10.28-32). The conflict in this gospel story puts both Mary and her sister Martha in their proper places. Martha wants Mary to help her with the work ofContinue reading “Possible Futures For Catholic Sisters: The 2nd Scenario”

Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Four Scenarios

by Joan Mitchell, CSJ Rarely does one have a front row seat for big historical events, but I participated in the 2007 Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) meeting that has so enflamed Vatican officials. LCWR is an organization for heads of religious communities. In 2007 I was a member of our Province Leadership Team.Continue reading “Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Four Scenarios”

LCWR president to sisters: Be ‘fearless’ on Vatican mandate | National Catholic Reporter

“ST. LOUIS— Hours before the U.S. Catholic sisters meeting was expected to decide how to respond to the Vatican’s rebuke of their leadership organization, the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious told them to be “truthful, but gentle and absolutely fearless.”” Read the full address: LCWR president to sisters: Be ‘fearless’ on VaticanContinue reading “LCWR president to sisters: Be ‘fearless’ on Vatican mandate | National Catholic Reporter”

Sisters and the Vatican: Time for Real Dialogue

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is currently meeting in St. Louis, discussing how to respond to Vatican accusations. Naturally I wish I was part of the conversation. I did hear in person Sister Laurie Brink’s keynote address at the 2007 LCWR meeting that has given rise to accusation that sisters are post Christian andContinue reading “Sisters and the Vatican: Time for Real Dialogue”