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Women Religious

Leaders for the Church

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This page is dedicated to Women Religious who through service of leadership, fostering dialogue among religious congregations within the church and in the larger society, accomplish to further the mission of Christ in today's world.


Featured Women Religious Resources


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Picture of Katarina Schuth
Margaret Guider
Mary Sweeney
Sandra Schneiders
Elizabeth Johnson
Sr. Helen
Prejean, C.S.J.
Sr. Katarina
Schuth, O.S.F
Sr. Margaret
Guider, O.S.F.
Sr. Mary
Sweeney, S.C.
Sr. Sandra
Schneiders, I.H.M
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.
Still of panelists

Mary Walsh, Professor, LSOE; Sr. Barbara Quinn, RSCJ, Associate Director of Spiritual Formation, STM; Sr. Callista Roy, CSJ, Professor, CSON; Sr. Annette McDermott, SSJ, Doctoral Student

View and listen to this special discussion with a panel of women religious reflect on the documentary "Women & Spirit."


"Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues" (webcast)
Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

Instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty, Sr. Helen discussed her call to prison ministry at a C21 Center event. She is the author of the book "Dead Man Walking," which inspired both a motion picture and an opera.


"Preparing to Serve: Seminary 2011" (webcast)
Sr. Katarina Schuth, O.S.F

Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, lectured on the current state, and potential future, of the seminary. To read her essay on this topic click here. For additional articles written by Sr. Katarina click here.


"Women Religious: Today and Tomorrow" (webcast)
Sr. Margaret Guider, O.S.F.

Associate Professor of Missiology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, addressed the role of women religious in past, present, and future at a C21 Center event. Click here to read the Heights article on women and their role in the Church. For additional articles written by Sr. Margaret Guider click here.


"Called to be Catholic: Religious Practices that Nourish Women's Spirituality" (webcast)
Sr. Mary Sweeney, S.C.

Three Catholic women shared the unique experiences that shaped their relationship with Catholicism and the customs they practice today in order to sustain their faith. Each of the three speakers discussed their personal histories and how religion played a vital role in their development.

For additional viewing, click here to listen to Sr. Mary discuss the importance of prayer and reflection during the Lenten season. She led the discussion with her book, "Seven Last Words for Seven Weeks." Sr. Mary also spoke at an Agape Latte, a monthly talk geared toward undergraduate students, on Routes and Roots.


"Religious Life as a Prophetic Life" (article)
Sr. Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M.

Sr. Sandra is a leading authority on Catholic women's religious life and a frequent contributor to Catholic periodicals, as well as a renowned author. She has written numerous books on the topic, such as "The Revelatory Text."


"Envisioning the Church Women Want" (webcast)
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.

Sr. Elizabeth is a distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University and author of "Quest for the Living God: Mapping the Frontiers in the Theology of God."