There has been a lot of news about the nontraditional sisters, the Leaders Conference of Women Religious in the Catholic world lately; and there is surely a need for and a place for, the work that they do, but whether it is in the Church is debatable.

What is not debatable is the other order of leaders of women religious, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious.

Here is a bit about these traditional habit-wearing sisters whose place within the Church is strong and growing, while that of the LCWR is weak and shrinking.

An excerpt.

June 13, 2013, marked the 21st anniversary of the approval given by the Church for the formation of a new group of major superiors of women religious, officially titled the “Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious of the United States” which, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, entrusted itself to the patronage of Mary, Mother of God and of the Church. With the canonical approval of Pope John Paul II and the Church, this Council was accorded the status and privileges granted other already existing national conferences of Major Superiors of women religious.

Comprised of major superiors and their vicars (assistants to the major superiors), CMSWR serves as a channel for mutual support in sustaining among member communities the transcendent nature of religious life and the centrality of common life, common prayer, community-based apostolates, religious obedience and the witness to consecration and poverty by a garb that is both common and simple (cf. Essential Elements, May 31, 1983).

Of importance also, is the support, collaboration and guidance of our Holy Father, the Church and the American Bishops which energize our CMSWR religious to continue working for the flowering of consecrated life, to enthusiastically live their vocation as women in the Church and to be joyful instruments of the new evangelization.

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And here is the link to their latest newsletter,