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A Special Message from Giving Voice- Hilton Grant Announcement

Giving Voice in Partnership with Catholic Theological Union Awarded $1 Million by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Giving Voice Core Team: 
Sarah Kohles, OSF, Rejane Cytacki, SCL, Nicole Trajan, FMI, Leslie Keener, CDP.  Jeannie Humphries, OSU, and Priscilla Torres, OP are not pictured.

(August 27, 2014) The Board of Directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation voted on August 19, 2014, to approve a $1 million grant in support of the efforts of Giving Voice in partnership with Catholic Theological Union (CTU) to prepare young Roman Catholic women religious to assume leadership positions in their religious communities, ministries, and the Catholic Church.


Giving Voice is a peer-led network created by younger sisters to give voice to their hopes, dreams, and challenges in religious life. CTU is one of the largest Roman Catholic graduate schools of theology and ministry in the U.S. It prepares women and men religious, as well as lay people, for leadership in the Church. 


In receiving this grant, Giving Voice in concert with CTU will promote efforts to network and prepare younger sisters to be qualified and effective leaders for the Catholic Church and future religious life. The grant will also assist in advancing strategic planning, enhancing leadership development within the Giving Voice network, hiring administrative staff to supplement the Giving Voice volunteer leadership team, and improving Giving Voice's website and communications tools.


On behalf of the Giving Voice Core Team, Sr. Leslie Keener, CDP, said, "Giving Voice is delighted about this opportunity to work with the Hilton Foundation and Catholic Theological Union to strengthen our ability to build the network of relationships among younger women religious, as these relationships are essential for religious life today and for how religious life will continue to evolve in the future."


In receiving this grant, the Rev. Mark R. Francis, CSV, President of CTU, said, "As a school funded by a union of religious communities, CTU has always had the development of religious and consecrated life at the heart of its mission. We are very pleased to be able to provide a service to this group of young women religious whose voice needs to be heard as we face the challenges of living the consecrated life in the 21st Century." 

Mark Francis, CSV, President and Barbara Reid, OP, Vice President and 
Academic Dean of CTU


The Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world's disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton's support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $92 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2013. The Foundation's current assets are approximately $2.4 billion. For more information, please visit

About Giving Voice

Giving Voice is a peer led organization that creates spaces for younger women religious to give voice to their hopes, dreams and challenges in religious life. 


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2015 National Gathering

Register for our 2015 Giving Voice National Gathering

Save the Date GV 2015

Giving Voice is pleased to announce our next National Gathering:

Crossing Boundaries in Religious Life 

Date: Thursday, August 6 to Sunday, August 9, 2015

Location: Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, Kansas

Speakers: Sophia Park, SNJM and Teresa Maya, CCVI


Single $375 ($400 after January 1, 2015) - Limited availability

Double $325 ($350 after January 1, 2015)

Commuter $225 ($250 after January 1, 2015) - Fee includes meals

To register click here:

We look forward to seeing you in Kansas!

2014 Gathering of Sisters in their 40s

Retreat for Sisters in their 40s

North Lake HouseGiving Voice will be hosting our first ever retreat weekend for women religious in their 40s this summer for prayer, reflection, conversation and relationship building. The retreat will take place August 1-3, 2014 at North Lake outside Seattle, Washington.

The response has been incredible and we are at/near capacity with those who have indicated they are coming.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in attending to see if there is space or  to be added to the wait list in case of cancellations.  


2015 Gathering of Sisters in their 20s and 30s
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Are you a Sister in her 20s or 30s?

Register for our 20s/30s Retreat!

Plan on joining us on MLK Weekend 2015 (January 16-18, 2015) for our Giving Voice 20s and 30s retreat at the beautiful Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Phoenix, Arizona.

This annual peer-led retreat is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other younger women religious for prayer, reflection, conversation and relationship building.

Click here to register:

Read about our 2013 MLK weekend retreat 

Supporting Congregations
Giving Voice thanks the congregations that have become supporting members in 2014 (updated December 1, 2014)
Cenacle Sisters 
Congregation of Bon Secours
Congregation of Divine Providence (Melbourne, KY) 
Congregation of Divine Providence (San Antonio, TX) 
Congregation of the Humility of Mary (Davenport, IA) 
Congregation of Saint Agnes
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY 
Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN 
Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Hospital Sisters of St. Francis 
Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters 
Sinsinawa Domincans 
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dubuque)
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati 
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth 
Sisters of Charity of New York 
Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine 
Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth (Convent Station, NJ)
Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX) 
Sisters of the Divine Savior 
Sisters of the Holy Cross  
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (US-Ontario Province) 
Sisters of the Humility of Mary (Villa Maria, PA)  
Sisters of the Living Word 
Sisters of Mercy, NYPPAW 
Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community 
Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, MO 
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Everett, MA)
Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton, OH) 
Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province (Renton, WA)
Sisters of St. Anne 
Sisters of St. Benedict (Rock Island, IL)  
Sisters of St. Dominic (Racine, WI) 
Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque 
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia 
Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio 
Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston  
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (Los Angeles Province) 
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (St. Louis Province)  
Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia
Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield 
Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis
Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dubuque, IA)
Sisters, Servents of the Immacualte Heart of Mary (Monroe, MI) 
Society of the Holy Child Jesus (American Province) 
Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union (Central Province)
Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union (Eastern Province)  
Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk 
Ursuline Sisters of Toledo
Without the generous support of congregations and organizations, Giving Voice would not be able to continue offering spaces for meaningful conversations on religious life across generations.


If you would like to be a supporting member of Giving Voice, you can find more information here in  Giving Voice 2014 Supporting Membership.


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