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LCWR was originally the Conference of Major Superiors of Women (CMSW). It began in 1956; the name was changed to Leadership Conference of Women Religious in 1971. The IHM congregation was a member from the group’s earliest days. The first Monroe IHM to serve as LCWR President was Margaret Brennan, in 1972. Others were: Carol Quigley (1986), Nancy Sylvester (1999), Sharon Holland (2014) and Jane Herb (2021). Ann Virginia Bowling served as associate director in 1971.