We are called to be sowers of seeds and to remember the power of small, sown seeds. Several weeks after the UISG assembly in Rome, I carry with me strong images from our gathering, of events that exemplify small actions that begin to change landscapes of impossible situations.
UISG 2019 plenary
The umbrella group representing approximately 450,000 Catholic women religious around the world has elected Polish Sr. Jolanda Kafka, the general superior of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, as its new president. Kafka, who has led her congregation since 2017, takes over UISG leadership from Maltese Sr. Carmen Sammut.
An initially scheduled audience with Pope Francis turned into a dialogue between him and congregational leaders at the closing session of the International Union of Superiors General triennial assembly May 10 — and the hundreds attending couldn't have been more delighted.
A partnership of resources enabled photographer Lisa Kristine to photograph sisters who work against against sexual and labor exploitation, and who do prevention work with vulnerable migrants in countries around the world. Talitha Kum and the Galileo Foundation aim to raise awareness about trafficking and boost Talitha Kum's worldwide anti-trafficking network.
Vatican City: "In the case of the diaconate, we have to see what was there at the beginning of revelation," Pope Francis said. "If there was something, let it grow, let it live. If there was not something … it doesn't work."
Rome - At day four of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) assembly, Donna Orsuto offered five steps to foster relationships and better understandings among religious groups. "Religious have a particular responsibility to foster a love that casts out fear," she said.
Rome - "Living interculturally is a vocation" that means moving beyond a multicultural approach, Milmanda, provincial superior for the Missionary Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit of South Argentina, told the International Union of Superiors General plenary assembly.
UISG leaders call for broader environmental action, clear stance on church abuse at triennial meeting
Catholic sisters have a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead efforts to curb climate change and environmental degradation as individuals, communities and a network of congregations worldwide, Franciscan Sr. Sheila Kinsey told about 850 superiors general of women religious congregations gathered May 7 in Rome during the second day of the International Union of Superiors General's plenary assembly.
The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) will meet with Francis at the end of its May 6-10 triennial assembly, but unlike in 2016, Sr. Carmen Sammut, UISG president, said the group will not be asking Francis questions then. She said she does not know if he will address the work of the commission studying the history of women deacons during their encounter.
At the International Union of Superiors General's 2016 assembly, Pope Francis first announced a commission to study women and the diaconate. After three years in which UISG leaders successfully urged the Vatican to increase women's voices at synods, they are set to meet again in Rome May 6-10.
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