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Bishops' Committee Heralds Leadership Conference of Women Religious' Exhibit on Sisters
by Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of Media Relations, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
LCWR exhibit shows significant achievements of U.S. Sisters
Recent years have been a challenging time, says Cardinal O’Malley
Church needs nuns’ perseverance, commitment, fidelity, unique charism
WASHINGTON—A Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) traveling exhibit, “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in the United States,” drew praise from Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap, of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations of the United States Conference of Women Religious (USCCB).
Cardinal O’Malley hailed the exhibit in an October 1 letter on behalf of the bishops’ committee that asked to be distributed to all LCWR members.
The exhibit opened at the Cincinnati Museum Center and currently is at the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, in Dallas, until December 13, 2009. It is scheduled for the Smithsonian’s International Gallery in the Dillon Ripley Center, in Washington, January 15, 2010-April 25, 2010, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City, September 24, 2010-January 22, 2011, and the Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, February-April, 2011.
In his letter, Cardinal O’Malley noted the contributions of women religious.
“The Church is grateful for all that your communities have done and continue to do to advance the mission of the Church, especially in the areas of health care, education, social services and pastoral ministry, as are highlighted in the exhibit,” he said.
Cardinal O’Malley, who joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin as a young man, said that “recent years have been a challenging time for religious communities.”
“Our founders endured many challenges and obstacles with a zeal that inspired their prayer and work,” he said. “The Church needs your gifts of perseverance, commitment and fidelity, and your unique charism, as guided by the Holy Spirit. Please know that your ministry is greatly valued.”
Click here to read Cardinal O'Malley's letter in its entirety.