Communicators for Women Religious

The Communicators for Women Religious ( CWR ) is a professional association of staff responsible for communications within religious congregations of women. Currently, CWR has 205 members.

CWR was formed in 1993 under the title of National Communicators Network for Women Religious ( NCNWR ).


CWR is a not-for-profit organization with a 501 (c) (3) status that is governed by its membership through an international board of directors. CWR provides a professional network to support its members and conferences in the United States and will hold its first conference in Canada in 2017. An executive director was hired in 2016 to facilitate the implementation of the Mission and Vision both internally and externally. A coordinator handles administrative affairs and serves as a liaison to the members and the board.


Communicators for Women Religious is an international professional organization of those responsible for communications within religious congregations of women. As a network of professionals, CWR provides members with the communication tools necessary to promote understanding of women’s religious, enhance their image and advance their mission; is a leader, providing leadership and resources, in the area of ​​communications for organizations serving women religious; and is a resource for media and the public on the 21st century. Our associate members advance the mission of Catholic Sisters in other capacities.


In April 1993, three communicators for women’s congregations in Adrian, Mich., To explore ways of networking. From this small beginning, CWR (formerly NCNWR – National Communicators Network for Women Religious) has grown to more than 200 members representing more than 150 religious congregations in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy and Australia. These lay and religious communicators are the voice of thousands of religious women throughout the world. NCNWR was incorporated in the state of Illinois in 2006, and 10 years later established its first physical office at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.