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Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times: Leading From the Emerging Future

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Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times: Leading From the Emerging Future

Co-Sponsored by:
The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR)
Solidarity with Sisters (SwS)

June 7th, 2014
Caldwell Hall Auditorium
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave
Washington DC 20064

 To View the Videos From This Event, Please Visit IPR’s YouTube Page

The goal of this full-day event was to expose participants to the spiritual leadership practices used by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its member congregations, as a way of planting seeds or expanding awareness about a different way of leading, a way that is inclusive, community-centered, more democratic, and wholly spiritual/contemplative.  The hope was that by planting seeds, participants can begin to imagine how Spiritual Leadership practices could be used for informative work in their own organizations and communities.  The conference also invited people to identify specific next steps for beginning this work.


8:30-9:00- Registration/Check-in

9:00-9:20- Welcome Address


Dr. Linda Plitt Donaldson, IPR and SwS


Betty Thompson, SwS









9:20-9:30- Opening Prayer

9:30-10:00- Overview of Spiritual Leadership Practices

Marie McCarthy, SP

Marie McCarthy, SP








10:00-10:15- Break

10:15-11:15- Facilitated Conversation

pat farrell

Pat Farrell, OSF

Helen Maher Garvey, BVM

Helen Garvey, BVM

mary hughes

Mary Hughes, OP








11:15-11:45- Small Group Discussion

11:45-12:15- Large Group Reporting Out

12:15-1:00- Lunch

1:00-1:05- Gathering Silence

1:05-1:45- Q&A with Sisters

1:45-2:15- Small Group Discussion

2:15- 2:40- Large Group Reporting Out

2:40-3:00- Closing Remarks

3:00-3:30- Book Sales and Book Signing by Authors

Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times: Presidential Addresses from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious


Book Cover

This conference coincided with the release of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ new book.  Their book, published by and available at Orbis Books, presents ten of the presidential addresses delivered at LCWR annual assemblies over the past 55 years.  A sample chapter from the book is available here: 10. FarrellAll participants were encouraged to read the sample chapter provided.