Hundreds of people in Seattle marched on Sunday in solidarity with U.S. Catholic nuns.
A group of nuns met with Seattle's archbishop in St. Louis, where the nuns are holding their annual conference.
The Vatican has accused them of encouraging radical feminist views.
Organizers encouraged marchers to bring flowers representing the sisters who “have formed, educated and helped us over the years.”
Many believe an emphasis on ministry has landed the nuns in hot water
“When you work with the poor and marginalized you get into areas where not everyone has the same experience,” said Sister Cathy Beckley.
Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain was picked to oversee the process so they walked towards his office, carrying a message of unity.
"This isn't just standing up with the sisters, it's standing with the church as the church,” said Father John Whitney, S.J.
On the steps near St. James Cathedral, they honor the women who have given so much. They left behind flowers and signs and the hope that their already fractured church can weather another storm.
“People are praying over it and it has a lot of hope and hopefully the holy spirit will bring us together in ways we can't imagine now, but we can be life for the people of God,” said Sister Cathy Beckley.
On Saturday, Seattle's archbishop issued a statement saying that religious women have made a lasting contribution to the wellbeing of our country. It goes on to say the archbishop is committed to working with leadership for the nuns to address the issues raised and collaborate in promoted a consecrated life in the United States.