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The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose stand alongside LCWR in solidarity with the people of the Middle East.


LCWR Asks for prayers in response to violence in  Israel and Gaza



An East Bay woman helps make sure that new immigrants with no other educational opportunity can learn beginner English in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. Corinna Bekiers-Sassano is on the move, walking up and down hallways, to make sure the teachers are all ready for class.She popped her head into one classroom -- "You guys need anything or are you good?" "We're good," affirmed the volunteers in the room.


Jefferson Award: Program bridges language barriers in Oakland's Fruitvale District



The New Year is barely a month old. We have just celebrated the national holiday honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the warrior of peace, and the world sadly commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In a few days, we will celebrate Black History Month as we honor the achievements and contributions of African Americans in the struggle for freedom.


A Statement by the National Black Sisters Conference on the murder of Tyre Nichols



We, the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, are committed to work toward a world where reverence for all living beings finds expression in an approach to life free from violence.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those family members, friends, and members of the LGBTQ+ community as they grieve the loss of those killed and injured in the Colorado Springs shooting on Saturday, November 19.


LCWR Grieves the Shooting in Colorado Springs



Two East Bay women lead a half century fundraising tradition that has its roots in the oldest Mission olive orchard in the state.

Sister Jane Rudolph and volunteer Frances Sedayao feel a sense of history as they count down to harvesting olive trees planted more than 200 years ago by Franciscan friars and the Ohlone people.  

East Bay women spearhead important fundraising event for Fremont ministry



At their General Chapter, the Dominican Sisters elected a new Council for the next five years.  The new Congregational Prioress is Sister Celeste Marie Botello, second from left.  Surrounding her, from left to right, are Sister Veronica Esparza Ramirez--Vicaress, Sister Angelica Velez, Sister Mary Yun, and Sister Mary Susanna Vasquez.  

Newly Elected Council of Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose



Our hearts and prayers go out to those parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, and uncles who lost their precious children and to all who have been touched by the massacre at Robb Elementary School.

LCWR  Call to action  

"The Killing Must End: LCWR Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence"  


Our hearts are breaking as we once again come face to face with the racial hatred and gun violence that infect our land. The members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious extend their condolences to the Buffalo community and all who lost loved ones, friends, and neighbors and we say once more violence and white supremacy cannot stand.  And we know that is not enough!

Violence and White Supremacy Cannot Stand


Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose names new School of Music Director

New School of Music Executive Director


The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, an international congregation of women, are deeply troubled and distressed by the violent assault on Asian owned and staffed massage businesses last week.

DSMSJ Call for the End of Violence against All Persons


The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly condemns the police-killing of another black man on the streets of our nation. Our hearts are breaking as we mourn with the family and friends of George Floyd and with all who have lost loved ones to law enforcement violence, all who live in fear, all whose dignity is threatened. The continued killing of black men and women; the constant harassment of people of color; and the denial of the rights and dignity of our African American neighbors must end now.

LCWR Condemns Killing of George Floyd




The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is grateful that the Supreme Court struck down President Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court’s ruling safeguards the right of 700,000 DACA recipients to live and work in the country that is their home. This is an enormous victory for the immigrant youth who have led the challenge to the Trump administration’s attempt to end the program that has protected our colleagues, students, neighbors, and friends from the threat of deportation.

LCWR Welcomes SCOTUS Decision   on DACA



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