Nancy Sylvester is founder and director of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue. She served in leadership of her own religious community, the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, Michigan, as well as in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Prior to that she was National Coordinator of Network, the national Catholic social justice lobby. ICCD is beginning its third decade with new resources and programs. For information go to

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Book Review

New book urges Catholics to face into the dark night of our times

Book Review: In a new book, theologians reflect on the prophetic work of Carmelite Sr. Constance FitzGerald. They address the connections of her writing on impasse and the dark night of the soul with our current crises, including white supremacy and climate change.

The clerical church in search of its soul

Global Sisters Report: Breathe in the pain. Breathe out the gifts. I brought this contemplative practice to my prayer for sexual abuse victims — and then for the male clerical hierarchy as well.

A soul-searching time as a nation

Global Sisters Report: These past weeks, a number of things have happened in the United States that signal to me we are entering a critical soul-searching time as a nation. Can this be the moment to pause as a nation and enter the "space" that seems to divide us and converse with each other in new ways? 

Becoming a civil and respectful democracy once again

NCR Today: Contemplative prayer can be a way for us to envision healing our divisions as a country and making choices for the common good.