June 13, 2013, marked the 21st anniversary of the approval given by the Church for the formation of a new group of major superiors of women religious, officially titled the “Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious of the United States” which, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, entrusted itself to the patronage of Mary, Mother of God and of the Church. With the canonical approval of Pope John Paul II and the Church, this Council was accorded the status and privileges granted other already existing national conferences of Major Superiors of women religious.
Comprised of major superiors and their vicars (assistants to the major superiors), CMSWR serves as a channel for mutual support in sustaining among member communities the transcendent nature of religious life and the centrality of common life, common prayer, community-based apostolates, religious obedience and the witness to consecration and poverty by a garb that is both common and simple (cf. Essential Elements, May 31, 1983).
Of importance also, is the support, collaboration and guidance of our Holy Father, the Church and the American Bishops which energize our CMSWR religious to continue working for the flowering of consecrated life, to enthusiastically live their vocation as women in the Church and to be joyful instruments of the new evangelization.