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."


Catholic Social Teaching and Communications

Moira McQueen, LLB, MDiv, PhD

Dr. Moira McQueen will describe how the Magisterium communications office is organized and the strategies used to communicate Church teaching worldwide. Pope Francis’ more informal communications style has tended to intrigue the general public. She explores why people are more interested in what he has to say and what we can take away from the Pope’s method. Dr. Moira McQueen has a degree in law from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She earned a Master of Divinity and a PhD in moral theology from the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College and the Toronto School of Theology. She has been teaching moral theology at the Faculty of Theology since 1994, and has written and co-authored several articles in bioethics, fundamental ethics and other areas.

Using Social Media to Inspire Millennials and Gen Z

Heather Mansfield

Millennials came of age using social media, first on a laptop, then on a smartphone. Gen Z is mobile first, mobile only, and the driving force behind a growing App economy. To reach either generation, your organization must be adept at both social and mobile communications. With a focus on Instagram and Snapchat, Heather Mansfield will highlight how each generation uses social media and will provide detailed how-to tips and best practices. Heather is the founder of the Nonprofit Tech for Good blog and author of the books “Mobile for Good” and “Social Media for Social Good.”

Prophetic Imagination and the Ethics of Communication

Sister Nuala Kenny, OC, BA, MD, FRCP(C)

Religious life is a prophetic lifeform committed to bringing the “good news” of the Gospel of justice, peace and mercy to the world. The range and diversity of media conveying news of all types today, in a world of blogs and “alternative facts,” is both astonishing and terrifying. Sister Nuala Kenny will discuss the advantages and challenges of modern communication in proclaiming the unique message of women religious. Dr. Nuala Patricia Kenny was born in New York and entered the Sisters of Charity of Halifax in 1962. Dr. Kenny is nationally recognized as an educator and physician ethicist. Her latest book is “The Art of Dying and the Paschal Mystery: A Compassionate Vision of End of Life Care.”

A Practical Guide to Copyrights

Blayne Haggart

Copyright law has a daunting reputation. Unfortunately, in an era of digital communication, understanding copyright has become a necessity. Blayne Haggart will offer an introduction to copyright, including its purpose and objectives, and will suggest approaches to dealing with copyright issues as they relate to communications for women religious. Blayne is an associate professor of political science at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. His book, “Copyfight: The Global Politics of Digital Copyright Reform,” was published in 2014 by University of Toronto Press.

Communicating to a Divided Audience

Peter Panepento

We are living in a world marked by deep political and philosophical divisions. It is increasingly difficult to create messages that span the divide. Peter Panepento will describe the tools communicators need to develop messaging strategies that appeal to a wider range of audiences. Peter is the principal of Turn Two Communications, a strategic communications, content, and PR consultancy that specializes in helping nonprofits and foundations tell their stories more effectively. Before launching the practice, Peter spent more than a decade as a contributing writer and editor at “The Chronicle of Philanthropy.”

Creating a Culture of Effective Communication

Loyola Institute for Ministry and Salt+Light

The Loyola Institute for Ministry recently completed a project entitled “Communicating Charism: Educating for Leadership and Social Media Capacity in Communities of Women Religious,” which was funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Loyola representatives, Fr. Tom Rosica from Salt+Light TV, and women religious project participants from the U.S., Africa, and Asia will share what they learned in the process.

Who I’ve Met and What I’ve Learned

Sister Susan Doubet, OSB

Sister Susan Doubet, OSB, will share the ins and outs of working for more than 10 years with Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, international lecturer and author of 50 books. She will share how she has “survived” this communications ministry on the local, national and international scenes. Sister Susan is the subprioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a research assistant to Sister Joan Chittister, OSB. She also writes a twice weekly blog, “Light Through Stained Glass Windows.”

Spirituality of Communications

Sister Kateri Mitchell, SSA

Sister Kateri Mitchell invites us to experience the heartbeat of God in a verbal and non-verbal society, creation and world. The quality of our lives and spoken words can be a source of giving life to others we encounter. Ask yourself: Is my heartbeat in tune with the multi-cultural world in which I live: different age groups, races, religions, diverse cultures and languages? Sister Kateri, a Sister of St. Anne, is the executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference, an international non-profit organization for evangelization among Native American Catholics. She was born and raised on the International St. Regis Mohawk Reservation (Akwesasne).