LCWR 2016: For this newbie, a mixture of emotions

Franciscan Sr. Pat Farrell, right, is seen with other women religious in Atlanta Aug. 10 during the 2016 assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. (CNS/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin)

Thank you, sisters.

My first Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly was awesome. Inspiring. Humbling. Gratifying. Inspiring. Heart-enriching. Heart-expanding. Joyful. Painful. Peaceful. Mindful. Spirit-filled. Delightful. Amazing.

The insights and profound wisdom shared about the importance of contemplation to leadership, of it being an essential skill, the foundation not only in religious life, but for all leadership, were invaluable. The assembly itself was a unique gathering, something I'd never witnessed: a spiritual reunion, a chance to refresh and recharge, to connect with each other and with the larger presence of Spirit. It was inspiring and invigorating to be among approximately 800 accomplished, well-educated and spiritually attuned women.

Throughout my 30-plus years in journalism, I've paused to consider the privilege of what we get to do: to listen, to learn, to understand and convey that knowledge. The LCWR annual assembly was one of those times. Days later, I still find myself reflecting on the wisdom the speakers expressed and sharing it with colleagues, family and friends.

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