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The Conference of Religious Leadership (CORL)

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In the spirit of a new Pentecost, the Conference of Religious Leadership calls forth a vital presence and shared commitment to the Church of Cleveland as together we witness the hope and truth of the Gospel. United in the common call to consecrated life, we address the challenges of our time with the courage and radical availability of our foundresses.




  • To express our commitment to the Church of Cleveland
  • To witness to the hope and truth of the Gospel by uniting together as a supportive group
  • To collaborate with the bishop of Cleveland in identifying issues and exploring and evaluating solutions
  • To address the challenges of our time by exercising our collective voice and initiating collaborative actions compatible with this witness
  • To share information and services
  • To engage in dialogue on common issues and concerns at both the leadership and membership levels

The Conference of Religious Leadership (CORL) was founded in 1975 by the leaders of congregations of women religious in Northeast Ohio. These leaders, recognizing the power of collective impact, saw the need to share ideas, support each other and collaborate on ministry initiatives.


CORL and its member religious congregations seek to further strengthen the bonds among women religious in Northeast Ohio and, as numbers of sisters inevitably decrease, consider new ways to maximize the collective strength and influence of sisters in the Church and in Northeast Ohio. CORL also works to discover new avenues where sisters and committed lay-persons can collaborate in ministry in Church and in society.

Their overarching goal is to discern together where the Spirit is calling them and what they might continue to do for the Kingdom of God.

Membership 2016 – 2017


Congregation of St. Joseph


Dominican Sisters of Peace


Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati


Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine


Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth


Sisters of the Holy Spirit


Sisters of the Humility of Mary


Sisters of the Incarnate Word


Sisters of the Living Word


Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity


Sisters of the Most Precious Blood


Sisters of Notre Dame


Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark


Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis


Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland


Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown