St. Louis — Women religious leaders reflected on themes of Trinitarian theology, physics as a lesson on wholeness and fragmentation, and how racism harms all of society as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly continued into its second day.
Sr. Jayne Helmlinger, general superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, California, was voted as president elect of LCWR. Holy Cross Sr. Sharlet Wagner becomes president and Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Teresa Maya past president. The blessing of the new leadership team takes place Aug. 10, shortly before Sr. Anita Baird, a Daughter of the Heart of Mary, receives the Outstanding Leadership Award for her work in education about racism.
Keynote speakers developed the assembly theme of being the presence of love and the power of communion. In the first keynote address, a Shakespearean reflection — "To be, or not to be?" — took on a specific focus: What does it mean to be?
St. Joseph of Philadelphia Sr. Gloria Schaab reflected on this question to the almost 800 sisters at the assembly Aug. 8, drawing on her expertise in Trinitarian theology.