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UISG, LCWR sisters discuss building relationships, moving forward in new political times

Global Sisters Report recently held a discussion with Sr. Pat Murray, executive secretary of the International Union of Superiors General; Sr. Mary Pellegrino, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; and Sr. Joan-Marie Steadman, LCWR executive director, on topics related to the global sisterhood.

Closing the circle of ministry: Sister communities share property

The Victory Noll sisters recently sold their Indiana campus to a nursing home company. Sr. Janice Bader, superior of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in O'Fallon, Missouri, and the former director of the National Religious Retirement Office, said communities of women religious partnering with nursing homes has become common: As congregations age and numbers drop, many have worked to find ways to provide care for their elderly sisters either at the convent or another facility.

Completion, with eyes on the horizon

Driving through the streets of Albuquerque on the way to a memorial service for Sr. Paula Gonzalez, I felt strongly the presence of the many pioneer Sisters of Charity who ministered there since the days of the Wild West. The intrepid Sr. Blandina Segale, now Servant of God in the process of canonization, arranged for the establishment of the school in the plaza of Old Town, and the convent there still bears her name.

The call to transformation in religious life today

At the LCWR Assembly in August, I had the good fortune and distinct honor of being in a small discussion group of young leaders that inspired and challenged me, leaving me with a feeling of buoyancy. The most lasting aspect of our conversations, partnered with the other dialogues and addresses of the assembly, was the consistent and virtually universal sense that the changes occurring in women's religious life right now are demanding of us not just something new and different, but something transformative.