Mary Lou Kownacki, OSBby Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace

The following are journal entries from the Annual Assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious held in St. Louis, Aug. 7-10 that dealt with the mandate from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to reform LCWR. The Vatican assessment ordered LCWR to revise its statutes, programs and affiliations and place itself under the authority of Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain.

MONDAY, AUG. 6—I arrived in St. Louis with our prioress, Sister Anne Wambach, our sub-prioress Sister Susan Doubet and Joan Chittister who is here to attend a meeting of past presidents of LCWR scheduled for tomorrow morning. Sister Christine Vladimiroff, another former LCWR president from our community, arrived on Sunday. I am anxious and emotional. This is a tipping point for me, as I wrote in a previous blog, “It is time to say ‘enough.’ How many of the other 900 women religious gathered here feel the same way, I wonder? Sleep does not come easy.

TUESDAY, AUG. 7—I spend the morning working on a manuscript while Joan attends the meeting of LCWR presidents. At noon she calls and is overflowing with energy—the presidents are united and strong…

To read more entries from Sr. Mary Lou’s LCWR journal, click here.

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