Board of Directors (2021-2022)

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

Assistant Chairperson- Sister Megan Mary Thibodeau, SOLT
General Sister Servant, Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity 

Secretary- Mother Margaret Mary Waldron, CK
Mother General, School Sisters of Christ the King

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

Sister Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP
Vicaress General, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Mother Maria de la Revelacion Castaneda, SSVM
Provincial Vicar, Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara

Sister John Mary de Souza, SV
Vicar General, Sisters of Life

Mother Maria Catherine Iannotti, PVMI
General Superior, Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate

Mother Gloria Therese Laven, OCD
Superior General, Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Sister Margaret Mary Mitchel, OSF
Provincial Vicar, Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration

Mother Miriam Seiferman, FSE
Vicar General, Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist

Mother Ann Marie Zierke, MS
Superior General, Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln

Advisors to the Board

Mother Louise Marie Flanigan, SsEW
Mother Superior, Sister Servants of the Eternal Word

Mother Teresa Christe Johnson, MSSR
Superior General, Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa

Mother Clare Matthiass, CFR
Community Servant, Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

Founding Board Members

Sister Christine Born, OP
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Sister Vincent Marie Finnegan, OCD
Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Sister Mary Bernard Nettle, lsp
Little Sisters of the Poor – Baltimore Province

Mother Mary Quentin Sheridan, RSM
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 of Phoenix

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

Dr. Mario Enzler
Dean, Cameron School of Business, University of St. Thomas in Houston

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

Elizabeth R. Schiltz
Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Honorary Advisory Council Members

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap
Archbishop of Philadelphia

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Cardinal Archbishop of New York


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