Board of Directors 2022-2023

Chairperson- Mother Anna Grace Neenan, O.P.
Prioress General, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Assistant Chairperson- Sister Anne Catherine Burleigh, O.P.
Vicaress General, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Secretary- Mother Margaret Mary Waldron, C.K.
Mother General, School Sisters of Christ the King

Treasurer- Sister Judith Ann Duvall, O.S.F.
Major Superior, Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis

Sister Natalie Binversie, O.S.F.
Community Director, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Mother Maria de la Revelación Castañeda, S.S.V.M.
Provincial Vicar, Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara

Sister John Mary de Souza, S.V.
Vicar General, Sisters of Life

Mother Maria Catherine Iannotti, P.V.M.I.
General Superior, Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate

Sister Mary Aloysius Kim, S.O.L.T.
Vicar General, Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

Mother Gloria Therese Laven, O.C.D.
Superior General, Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Mother Miriam Seiferman, F.S.E.
Vicar General, Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist

Mother Ann Marie Zierke, M.S.
Superior General, Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln

Advisors to the Board

Mother Louise Marie Flanigan, S.s.E.W.
Mother Superior, Sister Servants of the Eternal Word

Mother Teresa Christe Johnson, M.S.S.R.
Superior General, Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa

Mother Clare Matthiass, C.F.R.
Community Servant, Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

Founding Board Members

Sister Christine Born, O.P.
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Sister Vincent Marie Finnegan, O.C.D.
Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Sister Mary Bernard Nettle, l.s.p.
Little Sisters of the Poor – Baltimore Province

Mother Mary Quentin Sheridan, R.S.M.
Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan

Episcopal Liaison

His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali
Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia
Episcopal Liaison for CMSWR

Advisory Council

The CMSWR Advisory Council is assembled to advise the Board of Directors of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious in the advancement of its mission, bringing professional experience, ecclesial wisdom, and best practices to bear on the furthering of religious life in the Church in America.

Most Rev. William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore

Most Rev. Richard F. Stika
Bishop of Knoxville

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop Emeritus of Phoenix

Montse Alvarado
Vice President and Executive Director, Becket – Religious Liberty for All

Mario Enzler

Tom Ferriter
CEO Bush Brothers & Company

Bill Kirst
Associate Professor and Director of Accounting Programs, Catholic University of America

Paul McMahon
Director of Marketing, Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors

Honorary Advisory Council Members

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap
Archbishop of Philadelphia

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Cardinal Archbishop of New York


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