Mary’s Pence Statement of Support for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
April, 28, 20012 Chicago, IllinoisMary’s Pence stands on the shoulders of women religious and their legacy of living Gospel justice in daily practical ways with all people but especially with the vulnerable, the economically poor, those living at the margins of society and those most oppressed in our world, in particular, women. Our work started with and continues to grow through Spirit-led collaboration between women religious and lay women who share God’s love in ministries of every form throughout our hemisphere. That same Spirit calls us to speak truth in love.
As we celebrate 25 years of funding women and changing lives through Mary’s Pence, we find ourselves appalled by the news of the Vatican’s mandate directed at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The prophetic leadership of women religious birthed our organization based on the gospel values of justice and equality for all. Women religious, and in particular the leadership of LCWR, continue to challenge us to this day to keep alive the vision of Vatican II which defined our church as the People of God. We give thanks for these women and for their congregations. We say to them: “you have taught us well.” We pledge our prayers and support as they discern their response to this mandate. Women around the world await the day when we can truly be an inclusive church with justice for all.