Annual Appeal

Help us witness to the world!

Do you know a religious sister? Most likely, someone in your family has been taught or cared for by a sister at some time in their life.

Religious sisters work in all areas of social and spiritual aid – teaching children in schools, assisting in parishes, caring for the elderly in nursing homes, nurturing souls at retreat centers – sisters accompany God’s people.

This year, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious is celebrating its 25th anniversary; it is a time to thank God for the good He has done through sisters across the country.

Since our founding 25 years ago, we have seen long-standing religious communities through growth and renewal. We have seen new communities rise to the needs of the Church in our day. These sisters serve the Church today in a variety of ways, as educators, health care professionals, catechists, and caretakers of the homeless and elderly, to name a few. They presently serve in at least 137 dioceses throughout the United States.

CMSWR was founded in 1992 as a council of major superiors who embraced a shared commitment to consecrated life as set forth by Vatican II. Our commitment is rooted in a love for Christ and His Church as well as a dedication to encourage vocations and support women religious across the United States.

Over these 25 years, CMSWR has provided major superiors with the tools and resources they need to better serve their communities and in turn, serve the people of God.

Please help us further our mission of advancing the vitality of religious life with your financial support.

How Your Gift Helps

+ Support for educational and training programs such as:

  • National Assembly offering mutual support and dialogue on religious life to 170 superiors of religious communities
  • Formators Workshop that provides training to sisters who will serve the Church of tomorrow
  • Esposas de Cristo, Hijas de la Iglesia summer course for the study of theology for Spanish-speaking sisters
  • Domus House of Studies in Rome where young sisters can study in the heart of the Church

+ Vocation resources used by priests, campus and youth ministers, and young women discerning a vocation

+ Nurturing the lived religious life of sisters in America and beyond through online and print publications that spread the teaching of the Church on religious life

+ Staff to support the national outreach of CMSWR

Join the mission for the future and flourishing of religious life

You can assist the sisters who benefit from the work of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious with your prayers and by making a financial gift. Help us spread the beauty of religious life to the world.

How You Can Give

Cash or Check – Please make checks payable to CMSWR.

Pledges – Contributions may be pledged over a 12-month period.

Credit Card – (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) Donations may be made online or by telephone.

By Telephone – To make a gift by telephone, please call 202-832-2575.

By Mail – To mail your gift, please include your name, address, and telephone number along with, cash, check, credit card payment information or money order.

Stocks and Securities – Capital gains taxes can be reduced or eliminated through a gift of appreciated securities. Please call us to learn more (202) 832-2575.

Planned Gifts – Making a planned gift through a will, estate plan, or another type of deferred gift such as an IRA or retirement fund, life insurance policy, or charitable trust is an opportunity to provide us with future support. It may also provide you with short and long-term tax benefits.

Your Prayers – Your prayers for vocations to the religious life and for the work of sisters is always the best gift!

Our benefactors are always remembered in our prayers!

Our donors enjoy the daily prayers of nearly 6,000 religious sisters in America, the beneficiaries of your support. In addition, monthly Masses are offered for donor intentions at the private chapel of the Domus Sanctae Mariae Guadalupe in Rome.

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.


PO Box 4467
Washington, DC 20017-0467

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