The 27th Annual
Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life

The Religious Institute: Choice to Be Part of the Church's Public Life 
(Year Three of the Three-Year Cycle)
June 4 - 10, 2020

Under the theme, The Religious Institute: Choice to be Part of the Church’s Public Life, Year III of the Institute’s three-year cycle addresses in-depth the relationships with local Church and Rome, authority in the Church, including the role of the major superior, associates of religious institutes, and other ongoing issues.
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Lynn Jarrell, OSU, MA, JCD
Deborah M. Cerullo, SSND, JD, JCL
Sharon Holland, IHM, JCD
Lynn Jarrell, OSU, MA, JCD
Daniel J. Ward, OSB, JD, JCL, MA

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 problems
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.


Deborah M. Cerullo, SSND served as an attorney and canonical consultant for religious institutes for over twelve years before being elected to leadership in 2016. A member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, she currently serves on the provincial council of the Atlantic-Midwest Province with offices in Baltimore MD. She has also served on the law faculties of the University of Notre Dame and Boston College and as a legal services attorney in both secular and faith based organizations. Her civil law degree is from Boston University and her canon law licentiate is from St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) in Rome, Italy.

Following her retirement from the Congregation for Consecrated Life in Rome (2009) Sr. Sharon continued as a canonical consultant to religious institutes and their sponsored ministries. She was elected Vice-President of her Congregation in 2012 and served in the Presidency of LCWR from 2013-2016. She received a B. Mus. from Marygrove College, an MA in religious studies from the University of Detroit and a JCD from the Gregorian University in Rome. She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI.

Lynn Jarrell, OSU, 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.

Daniel J. Ward, OSB, JD, JCL, MA
Daniel Ward, OSB, is a monk of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He has a JD in civil law (University of Iowa), a JCL in canon law (The Catholic University of American), and MA in theology (St. John’s University, Minnesota). Dan has served on the governing council of the American Cassinese Congregation of Benedictine Abbeys for over 30 years; he has served on the abbot’s council of his own abbey, and has been the superior at three monasteries. Dan was the executive director of the Legal Resource Center for Religious (LRCR) and the founding director of the Resource Center of Religious Institutes (RCRI). Dan taught canon law and civil law at St. John’s University. He is widely published and given presentations on topics of both canon and civil law. Dan served as president, vice-president and member of the Board of Governors of the Canon Law Society of America. Since receiving his education degrees, Dan has specialized in canonical and civil law work for institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life particularly in areas of membership, governance, finance, and the covenant project. He has prepared cases and represented religious institutes in canonical matters.






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