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Synod and vulnerability: women religious from all over the world come together

The next Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), a body that brings together more than 1,900 women religious belonging to general houses in 97 countries around the world, will be dedicated to the theme "Embracing Vulnerability on the Synodal Journey" and will be held May 2-6.

Giovanni Tridente-April 27, 2022-Reading time: 2 minutes

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There are many ways to make visible the synodalityOur assembly, with its contents and methods, is an experience of synodality in women's religious life", said Sister Jolanta Kafka, president of the UISGWe really hope to live a privileged space of listening, of common search with the Holy Spirit".

During the Assembly, the 22nd in the history of the organization, the women religious will dialogue on how to contribute to the synodal process of the Church, how to favor listening and how to enter into a dynamic of discernment, "recognizing vulnerability as a typically human characteristic," added Sr.

A great assembly

Some 700 Superiors General have confirmed their participation in the meeting, which will be held in Rome at the Hotel Ergife and also online, of whom 520 will attend. They represent 71 different nationalities, most of them from Europe, where many General Houses of Congregations reside.

The African continent will also be represented, with a greater presence of the Democratic Republic of Congo; Asia, with India; the United States, for North America; Mexico and Brazil, for Central and South America.

There will be meetings animated by more than 10 speakers who will address five key words: vulnerability, synodal process, religious life and synodality, peripheries, call to transformation.


The UISG has been active since 1965 and was created as a meeting point for women religious who hold positions of governance in the Congregations. Its aim is also to create networks, strategies and synergies that enable sisters to communicate across geographical distances and linguistic and cultural differences, in order to foster communion among consecrated women throughout the Church.

Its members are distributed as follows: Europe (25 countries - 1046 senior); Asia (16 countries - 184 senior); America (30 countries - 479 senior); Africa (22 countries - 166 senior); Oceania (4 countries - 28 senior).

The event will be presented at a press conference on Friday, April 29 at the Holy See Press Office. In addition to the UISG President, the Executive Secretary, Sister Patricia Murray, the Superior General of the Marianist Sisters, Sister Franca Zonta, and the Superior General of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sister Roxanne Schares, will speak.

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