Annually, March 8-14
Changing the World
Catholic Sisters Week shines a light on the spirituality, mission, and community building of women religious.
March 8-14, 2022
Celebrating Traditions, Changing the World
Catholic Sisters Week shines a light on the spirituality, mission and community building of women religious.
There is a role for everyone in Catholic Sisters Week: individuals, groups and organizations, families, parishes, schools and universities. Let the ideas below ignite your creativity—whether you’re able to plan and publicize a large-scale on-site event in your area, support a congregation’s work with a collection, create a virtual event on your community’s website or simply give a shout-out on social media in support of the life and mission of Catholic sisters, your participation is vital.
Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope …
But for one week, March 8-14, we shine the spotlight on women religious and encourage a wide range of campaigns and events that invite all who follow Jesus to
- expand and support their gospel witness
- grow the service networks they have seeded
- share their spirituality, charisms, and community
- encourage young women to consider a vocation to religious life
- support their pastoral, teaching and prophetic works
- and focus on the new world they call into being.
With the theme, Caring for Earth, Caring for You, Erie (Pennsylvania) Catholic sisters have launched a Catholic Sisters Week social, broadcast, and print media campaign to heighten the awareness and importance of caring for our planet Earth, including a public service...
The "Caring for Earth, Caring for You" Catholic Sisters Week media campaign launched by the Catholic sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, includes video testimonials in which local leaders share information about important environmental topics. Among those videos is this...
With the theme, Caring for Earth, Caring for You, Erie (Pennsylvania) Catholic sisters have launched a Catholic Sisters Week social, broadcast, and print media campaign to heighten the awareness and importance of caring for our planet Earth, including a GoErie.com...
The 9th annual Catholic Sisters Week will celebrate work women religious do today: "The engagement Catholic Sisters Week offers this year is especially important after two years of pandemic restrictions." Read the full story at Global Sister Report. ...
For one week, March 8-14, Catholic Sisters Week helps shine the spotlight on women religious and their mission and values through a wide range of campaigns and events. CWR Marketing Committee Chair Stacy Spitler has shared a video update looking ahead to Catholic...
Pope Francis asks us to pray for sisters and consecrated laywomen as they continue in their mission with courage:
If your congregation or organization is already invested in care of Earth and/or the Laudato Sí Action Platform, highlight your work in a special way during Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, by using the dedicated "Caring for Earth, Caring for You" social media...
Sisters worldwide worked to answer the challenges facing us throughout 2021, including the ongoing pandemic as well as climate change and migration crises. Global Sisters Report chronicled these efforts over the last 12 months: "Few years have felt as connected to the...
Msgr. Dennis Metzger, Diocese of Toledo, offers his gratitude for religious sisters. He speaks from Queen of Peace Chapel, Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio
Tina Tamburro speaks of her long association with the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland where she is now on their Advisory Board
Catholic Sisters Week
Since the fall of 2019, Catholic Sisters Week (formerly National Catholic Sisters Week) is under the direction of Communicators for Women Religious (CWR). As we continue to develop new resources and programming ideas, you will notice both continuity and change, beginning with the name: CWR renamed the initiative “Catholic Sisters Week,” signaling a desire to raise awareness of women religious not just in the United States but also internationally.
Our growing web home, catholicsistersweek.org, will provide space for listing your events, gatherings, campaigns, and activities. This is also where you’ll come to find an event you want to attend, to make a local connection, sign on to an online event, or find ideas for your own events. Information and tools for Catholic Sisters Week 2021 will be landing on this website over the next several months.
Who makes Catholic Sisters Week happen?
We encourage women religious communities and congregations and those directly connected with them:
- associates, oblates, third orders, agrégées
- donors, benefactors, and other collaborators
- friends and family members
- parishioners, clients, students, and alumnae
- Nuns & Nones groups, spirituality seekers
- and anyone who longs to be light, build community and love fearlessly
About Communicators for Women Religious
Communicators for Women Religious is a professional organization of communicators within religious congregations of women. CWR members promote an understanding of women religious, enhance their image and advance their mission. Catholic Sisters Week and the efforts and events associated with it dovetail seamlessly with the overall mission of CWR.
Who are Women Religious?
They are vowed women who give public witness to Christ through a diversity of ministerial works such as teaching, pastoral care, health care, retreat, and spirituality programs and a multitude of other outreach efforts. They often work on the frontlines of global change, striving to improve various aspects of society, especially for those on the margins. For example, today this can mean efforts to reverse the climate crisis, work for immigration reform, upholding human rights, and other social justice concerns. While prayer and community are integral to the lives of all women religious, some are called to live cloistered lives dedicated full-time to contemplative prayer.
What is a charism?
While each congregation or community of women religious give witness to the gospel, they do it through their unique charism or gift of the spirit. How that gift is lived can change as the world changes and as the membership of the community shifts. Today, many congregations are living their charisms more broadly through the work of non-vowed women and men who make formal commitments to these charisms as associates, oblates, agrégées, or third orders.
Catholic Sisters Week and Women’s History Month
Catholic Sisters Week began in 2015 as a part of National Women’s History Month. It is now an official component of Women’s History Month. It was authorized by Molly Murphy MacGregor, co-founder of National Women’s History Project, who was educated and deeply influenced by Catholic sisters. In 1981, Women’s History Month launched as a single week. By 1987, U.S. Congress formally expanded it to the full month of March.