The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

Religious Sisters in ManhattanGIVEN is one of the major events hosted by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) in connection with the Year of Consecrated Life.

Comprised of major superiors and their vicars (assistants to the major superiors), the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) is a wellspring of hope and a trusted resource for the ongoing revitalization of religious life and the new evangelization in the United States. “The CMSWR serves as a channel for mutual support in sustaining among member communities the transcendent nature of religious life.” (cf. Essential Elements, May 31, 1983). The CMSWR is made up of religious communities of ecclesial women faithful to the Magisterium.

The Council is a collaborative body of women religious committed to “the full flowering”* of religious life in the United States by placing their collective feminine genius** at the service of the Church and one another. The CMSWR values a life-giving spirit by nurturing, with Mary, the Church’s life and holiness by committing to ongoing revitalization of religious life. The spirituality of communion among women religious is upheld by engaging the truth of, and being enriched by, the beauty, unity and goodness of each charism.

Of importance also, is the support, collaboration and guidance of our Holy Father, the Church and the American Bishops which energize the 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.

* Pope John Paul II, May 9, 2001
** Pope John Paul II, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women