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The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has more than 1,400 members, who represent about 80 percent of the 51,600 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, the conference assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.

Vision and Goals of LCWR

Working for a more just and peaceful world is an integral component of LCWR’s vision and goals. While many member congregations are actively engaged in efforts promoting social, economic, and earth justice, LCWR provides opportunities for addressing issues of concern with a corporate voice by taking action on resolutions approved at the national assembly. Resolutions are kept before the members through the work of the Global Concerns Committee and periodic publications of Resolutions to Action.


Global Issues

  • Climate change/environment
  • Comprehensive health care reform
  • Haiti
  • Immigration policy reform
  • Iran
  • Iraq war
  • Iraqi refugees
  • Nuclear weapons: complex ‘transformation’
  • Public witness against torture
  • Water

More Information about LCWR


Leadership Conference of Women Religious
8808 Cameron Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-588-4955
Fax: 301-587-4575