The 24th Annual
Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life

The Choice to be Part of the Public Life of the Church

June 8 - 14, 2017

Director: Bernadette Kenny, RSHM, JD


Kelly Connors, pm, JCL
Bernadette Kenny, RSHM, JD
Sharon Holland, IHM, JCD
Lynn Jarrell, OSU, MA, JCD

Please call 570-674-6161 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Please click here to download the brochure.

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This program will enable you to

Gain a new perspective on the role and
responsibilities of leadership
Interact with those who share similar
responsibilities and challenges
Discover alternative solutions to
Create a network of peers
Refresh yourself in a restful, relaxed and
pleasant environment, with
opportunities to participate in
recreational and cultural activities.

The Institute offers professional development to those elected or appointed to positions of leadership in Roman Catholic religious congregations. Over the course of the Institute, attendees can seek input and advice not only from the faculty, but also from their more experienced peers. Interaction among attendees and faculty is encouraged.

Three-Year Cycle
The three-year cycle enables faculty to address major areas more thoroughly. Faculty is well prepared with up-to-date information on current issues in religious life. Participants are drawn from a cross-section of national and international religious communities, providing a rich background against which to test legal principles.


Bernadette Kenny, RSHM, JD
Executive Director of the Institute
An attorney in private practice in New York, exclusively representing Roman Catholic religious congregations and their sponsored ministries in all aspects of civil law. A member of Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Sister Bernadette holds a BA and MA from Marymount and Manhattan Colleges, respectively, and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Kelly Connors, pm, JCL
Sister Kelly is currently completing her dissertation for her Doctorate in Canon Law at St. Paul University, Ottawa. She holds a BA from Providence College, an MTS from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and MCL from the University of Ottawa, and a JCL from St. Paul University, Ottawa. A member of the Sisters of Presentation of Mary, she serves as canonical consultant to dioceses and religious institutes.

Sharon Holland, IHM, JCD
Sister Sharon is retired from Office Head for Ordinary Governance, CICLSAL in Rome. After receiving her BA from Marygrove College, and MA from the University of Detroit, Sister Sharon continued her studies and received her JCL and JCD from Gregorian University, Rome. A member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she has served in provincial leadership and has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops on canonical issues. Sister Sharon will serve as canonist in residence during the Institute.

Lynn Jarrell, OSU, MA, JCD
Sr. Lynn Jarrell is a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky, has a Doctorate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America, and served in her congregation’s leadership, as President and Vice-President and was the Associate Director of Canonical Affairs for the Resource Center for Religious Institutes. She has taught canon law at various schools of theology, and seminaries, has served in Diocesan Tribunals and as president, of the Canon Law Society of America.

What do past participants say?

"The ILRL is a wonderful resource for religious congregations. I wish I had done this during my first term in leadership. The information and insights I gained are invaluable, not to mention the contacts I made."
~ Sharon Wagner, CSC, First Councilor, Sisters of the Holy Cross, South Bend, IN

"This program has provided our Leadership Team with a wonderful opportunity to become knowledgeable in certain aspects of Canon Law that impact our life. It is also a shared experience with other leaders around our common concerns/responsibilities for our congregations."
~ Patricia Harvey, OP, Assistant Prioress, Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville, NY

"This institute is an A-One program providing congregational leaders with not only the tools but also the underpinning understandings to help leaders address canonical and civil law challenges. The willingness of this dedicated faculty to assist congregations even post institute is a real blessing."
~ Marcia Ann Fiutko, Associate General Minister, Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, Hamburg, NY

"The input and resources provided by the ILRL are invaluable to the work we do for our congregations. You make very complicated issues manageable."
~ Joy Conneally, ND, Councilor, Notre Dame Sisters, Omaha, NE

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