On April 18, 2012, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an umbrella group that represents more than 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States.
Six things you can do to
Support the Sisters
New! Send a letter to the editor around the April 18 first anniversary of the Vatican Mandate. Download resources and pointers for your letter to the editor.
Tell Church officials that you support the sisters. Write to the Apostolic Nuncio, the Vatican's ambassador in the U.S., and other officials.
Pledge to send a card or online message, and Download a sample letter and suggested talking points.
Pray for the sisters on your own and/or organize a prayer service in your parish or small faith community. Previous prayer, sister city and vigil resources are available here.
Make a financial pledge to support the sisters by directing or redirecting a contribution to your local community of women religious. Help us tally the total amount pledged by recording your pledge amount here.
Over 64,000 people signed a petition to stand with the sisters! The petition is now closed but you can read about it here.
“The Good Sisters:” A Program of “The Women of the Well”
A mini play based upon interviews with 26 Sisters from five different religious congregations in the Rochester diocese. The responses- full of humor, pathos, and inspiration- are told by 6 voices. More info: Contact Gloria Ulterino firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nun Justice Project is a grassroots movement supported by the following organizations: American Catholic Council, Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church, Call To Action, Catholics for Choice, CORPUS, DignityUSA, FutureChurch, New Ways Ministry, Quixote Center, RAPPORT (Renewing a Priestly People, Ordination Reconsidered Today), Voice of the Faithful, WATER: Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, Women's Ordination Conference.