The Leadership Conference of Women Religious calls for protection of the
persecuted in Iraq.
In the face of imminent danger for the people there, the leader of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Sienna in Mosul, Iraq has called her sisters throughout the country to a time of intense prayer and retreat to beg God for the protection of the Iraqi people.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States also calls upon people of all denominations in the world community to join the Iraqi Sisters in a moment of prayer on Thursday, June 19 at 6 PM (in your time zone) to pray for an end to the violence and the protection of those victimized.
The Dominican Sisters are all Iraqi nationals and minister in health care, social services, and education. In fact, they started the first Montessori school in the country. They serve all people in their ministry.
As the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine continue their days of intense
prayer, they ask that people throughout the world join them on June 19,
believing that this intensification of global prayer can make a difference.
“We believe that prayer has the power to change the course of events in
Iraq,” says Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ, LCWR president. “We stand with our sisters and brothers who courageously remain with the people they serve and will join with them in prayer for as long and as often as it takes until the violence ceases.”
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has more than 1,400 members (including the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration), who represent more than 80 percent of the approximately 51,600 women religious in the United States.
Founded in 1956, the conference assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.