Communicators for Women Religious

"Our mission is to be a network of professional support and education for members who promote understanding of women religious, enhance their image and advance their mission."

25 years of prophetic conferences

For the last quarter century, the annual CWR conference has afforded members an opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues, to share ideas, to exchange information, and to learn more about how to do their work in a more efficient and effective way. Each year, since its inception in 1995, the conference has been enhanced to offer more of what our members need and ask for.

As we celebrate CWR’s 25th anniversary this year, we look back at 25 years of prophetic conferences:

1995
September 16-18 Weber Center Adrian, Michigan
Enhancing Our Image – Advancing Our Mission
Presenters included Nadine Foley, OP; Camille D’Arienzo, RSM; and Christina Lovio-George.

1996
October 9-11 Beech Grove Benedictine Center Beech Grove, Indiana
Challenging Myths – Focusing the Future
Presenters included Catherine Bertrand, SSND and Catherine Harmer, MMS, PhD

1997
September 14-16 Sinsinawa Mound Center Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
The Web of Good News: Communicating Women Religious in the New Millennium
Presenters included Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH

1998
October 25-27 Mundelein Conference Center Mundelein, Illinois
Who Do You Say We Are? Unmasking the Myths of Women Religious
Presenters included Mary Daniel Turner, SNDdeN

1999
October 3-5 Xavier Center Convent Station New Jersey
Start Spreadin’ the News – Effective Ways of Collaborating with the Media
Presenters included Camille D’Arienzo, RSM; Irene Fugazy, SC; Rosemary Jeffries, RSM; Jim Martin, SJ; and Paula Walker Madison

2000
September 24-26 Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hilton Bloomington, Minnesota
Sun…Flowering Forth
Presenters include Betsy Buckley, Lisa Graham-Peterson, and Frances Trampiets, SC

2001
November 1-4 Sheraton Hotel Braintree, Massachusetts
2001: A Media Odyssey
Presenters included Paul La Camera, Mary Johnson, SND

2002
September 29–October 1 Airport Hilton St. Louis, Missouri
Gateway to Collaboration
Presenters included Tripp Frohlichstein, Rabbi Randy Fleisher

2003
October 9–12 Sheraton Station Square Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Point: Where Mission, Ministry and Message Meet
Presenters included Debra Thompson, Marie Chin, RSM, Jeannette Abi-Nader, HM

2004
September 23–26 Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gather to Learn – Gather to Celebrate
Presenters included Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center; Doris Klein, CSA; MIAD

2005
September 18–21 Holiday Inn City Centre, Chicago, Illinois
It Takes a Community
Presenters included Nancy Sylvester, IHM; Dorothy Monikowski, SSJ-TOSF;
Thom Clark, Community Media Workshop

2006
September 28–October 1, Crowne Plaza Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas
Deepen the Heart in Texas
Presenters included María Elena González, RSM; Tobin Lardie, HM; Angela Ann
Zukowski, MHSH; Janice Godwin, Special Audience Marketing

2007
September 27–30, Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City, South Dakota
Mining the Generations: There’s Gold in the Wisdom
Presenters included James Gambone, Ph.D.; Tom Griffith, TDG Communications;
Kevin Locke

2008
September 16–19, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio
Creativity Flows
Presenters included Carolyn Foster, Karen and Kristin Hokanson, SNDdeN; Annmarie Sanders, IHM

2009
October 6–9, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, San Francisco, California
Building Bridges
15th Anniversary of NCNWR. Gala luncheon included silent auction.
Presenters included Mary Whited, CPPS; Joann Heinritz, CSJ; Heather Mansfield,
Julie Vieira, IHM

2010
September 21–24, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver, Colorado
Moving Mountains
Presenters included Carol Zinn, SSJ; Carole Shinnick, SSND; Heather Mansfield,
DIOSA Communications; Barbara Mullen, CSJ

2011
September 27–30, JW Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana
Communications… and All That Jazz
Presenters included Helen Prejean, CSJ; Judith Carey, RSM; Paul Bednarczyk, CSC;
Elizabeth Townsend Gard

2012
October 2–6, Hyatt Regency, Coral Gables, Florida
CSI Miami: Communicating Sisters’ Identities
Presenters included Helen Garvey, BVM; Jonathan Kroner, Andrea Berry,
Gail Tyson

2013
October 1–4, Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland
Harbor Lights: Illuminating the Missions and Ministries of Women Religious
Presenters included Simone Campbell, SSS; Julie Vieira, IHM; Maxine Kollasch, IHM; Debra Thompson, Gregory A. Smith

2014
September 30–October 3, Hilton Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Lights! Camera! Mission! Advancing Mission Through Storytelling and Visual Media
20th Anniversary of CWR. Gala luncheon included silent auction.
Presenters included Rose Pacatte, FSP; Jan Phillips, Krista Neher, Marilyn Becker,
Eileen McNerney, CSJ

2015
October 6–9, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Spirit of the Wind, Spirit of the Message
Presenters included Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM; Kathy Cain and Gail Tyson,
Lynn Levo, CSJ; Bren Ortega Murphy

2016 October 4–7, Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, Indiana
Advance Your Mission: Turbocharge Your Communications
Presenters included Nancy Sylvester, IHM; Patricia Wittberg, SC; Angela White,
Jan Craven, SP

2017
October 3–6, Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, Canada
One Voice: Charged by the Current/Voix Unies: Courant Puissant
Presenters included Moira McQueen, Heather Mansfield, Nuala Kenny, OC, BA,
MD, FRCP(C), Blayne Haggart, Peter Panepento, Loyola Institute for Ministry,
Susan Doubet, OSB; Kateri Mitchell, SSA

2018
October 2–5, Sheraton Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
The Path Worth Taking: Fortify Your Mission/Fortalecer Tu Mensaje
Presenters included Fr. Larry Rice, CSP; Angie Connolly; Yolanda Cruz, SSMN;
Theresa Sandok, OSM; Mary Rowell, CSJ

2019
October 1–4, Sheraton Mesa at Wrigleyville West, Mesa, Arizona
Voices Rising in the Desert: 25 Years of Prophetic Communication
25th Anniversary of CWR
Presenters TBA