As reported by the National Catholic Reporter on Aug. 7, “On Friday, Aug. 11, Sister Maureen will move from her year as president-elect to president of the leadership organization that represents about two-thirds of the nearly 40,000 sisters in the United States. LCWR holds its annual assembly Tuesday through Friday (Aug. 8-11) in Dallas and will examine how, from the vastness of the universe to the space within ourselves, God creates life, even out of what appears to be destruction and death.” (Read the NCR article in full: With ‘heart for justice,’ Sr. Maureen Geary starts year as president of LCWR)

News release announcing Sister Maureen as president-elect – June 27, 2022, Grand Rapid, Michigan

Sister Maureen Geary, OP, councilor of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, was elected president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) June 24, 2022.

As president-elect, Sister Maureen served on the three-member leadership team for LCWR, along with Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP, and Jane Herb, IHM.

“We are delighted to announce that Sr. Maureen Geary has been elected as president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). LCWR is comprised of the elected leadership of Catholic Sisters, representing about 80 percent of the Sisters in the United States. Sister Maureen begins her service with LCWR at a time when women religious continue to respond to the signs of the times while focusing on the future of religious life in the United States and around the globe,” said Sr. Sandra Delgado, OP, prioress.

“With her background in accounting and law, higher education, diocesan justice ministry, 16 years in congregational leadership, and her ability to see the wider picture, ask critical questions, and think strategically, along with her pastoral and compassionate response and reflection to people and situations, Sister Maureen is well prepared to lead LCWR as it steps into the Mystery of the future and accompanies women religious into the next phase of mission and ministry.”

“I am humbled by the confidence of my Sisters in LCWR as together we carry on our call to preach the Gospel,” Sister Maureen said. “In this role of service to the membership of LCWR I affirm the conviction of our members that ‘we embrace our time as holy, our leadership as gift, and our challenges as blessing’”.

“Sister Maureen will continue her ministry as councilor and treasurer with our congregational leadership team while serving in the LCWR Presidency from 2022-2025. Our hearty congratulations and promise of prayers go with Sister Maureen as she embraces this new moment of service on behalf of women religious and the church!” said Sr. Sandra.

We join LCWR in congratulating Maureen, Laura, Nkechi, Patty, and Sean. A special thanks to our other gifted candidates, Susan Francois, CSJP; Margaret Anderson, OP; Nancy Linenkugel, OSF; Diane Morgan, OP; Pamela Smith, SSCM; Mary Soher, OP; and Anne Victory, HM for their generous offering of self in service of religious life and LCWR.

Read the release on the Dominican Sisters website.