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Sister Carol Zinn SSJ, Ph.D., Installed as President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious

PHILADELPHIA, PA (08/22/2013) The Sisters of Joseph of Philadelphia today announced the 1208824_561506807220646_1964901690_n installation of Sister Carol Zinn SSJ, Ph.D., as President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Sister Carol assumed the office of LCWR President for 2013-2014 at the conclusion of the annual assembly on August 16, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

LCWR has nearly1,400 members who are elected leaders of their religious orders, representing approximately 57,000 Catholic sisters. The conference develops leadership, promotes collaboration within church and society, and serves as a voice for systemic change. More than 820 participants attended this year’s assembly.



LCWR has a unique team leadership model, where there are three Presidents. As the President, Sister Carol joins the Past President Sister Florence Deacon, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and President-elect Sister Sharon Holland,

of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe Michigan.


Sister Carol is a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia leadership team.

Prior to her election to congregation leadership, she served as the representative for the

Congregations of Saint Joseph, a NonGovernmental Organization (NGO) in general

consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations.


“I look forward to serving LCWR as we continue to discern the signs of the times, remain faithful to the Gospel message of Jesus and the dreams of our founders andfoundresses while responding to the needs of the people of God in our day, for the life of the world,” said Sister Carol. “May blessings abound as we continue this journey with deep love and joy-filled hope.”


Congregational President Sister Anne Myers SSJ, believes Sister Carol is an ideal person to lead LCWR at this time. “Sister Carol’s calm articulate presence, love for religious life and the Church, and her global perspective are invaluable gifts that she brings to the LCWR Presidency,” says Sister Anne. “She cherishes our Congregation’scharism of unity and approaches the important and complex work of LCWR with this significant attitude of mind and heart.”


The Sisters of Saint Joseph’s mission is “to live and work so that all people may be united with God and one another.” The congregation is called to aid persons who are materially and socially poor. This call invites the Sisters to be in union with the poor, to speak for and with the poor, to make choices with their needs in mind and hold them in their hearts in all situations.


The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia’s sponsored works include: Academy Village; Bethlehem Village;Cecilian Village; Chestnut Hill College; Saint Joseph Academy Pre-School; Mount Saint Joseph Academy; Norwood-Fontbonne Academy; Saint Joseph Villa; Saint Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House; SSJ Center for Spirituality; SSJ Earth Center; Saint Joseph Village; and the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center.


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