"The very fact that that this country has gone into this division and fear, I think it's the world calling religious and our conferences to witness, to the welcoming of the stranger, to the unity of the diversity, to civil discourse, to being respectful even if we disagree… I think there's a mission in the moment that we need to own, and I see that being fundamental to the next few years." — Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI, president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Meet Sister Teresa Maya, LCWR president-elect

August 10, 2017

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Sr. Teresa Maya brings bicultural perspective to LCWR presidency

By Soli Salgado, Global Sisters Report

A familiar Spanish saying defines the experience and worldview of Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Teresa Maya: Ni de aquí, ni de allá (“from neither here nor there”).

Before becoming president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in 2016, Maya collaborated with the religious conference in Mexico, an experience that taught her there are “two or three versions of the same story — whether it’s because there’s another language or cultural perspective or geography — and that’s important to keep in mind.”

Maya, who is Mexican-American, will transition to president of LCWR on Aug. 11, the final night of its annual assembly, held this year in Orlando. She will lead the conference as the rest of the U.S. church starts to tip from a majority-Anglo to a majority-Hispanic congregation.

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