(ZENIT News / Rome, 09.20.2023).- Several General Chapters held in recent months have resulted in leadership changes within the congregations that have directly affected the International Union of Superiors General (UISG). According to the UISG Statutes, the President of the UISG must be the Superior General of a member congregation.
For this reason, the UISG announced leadership changes from September 4, 2023, until the UISG Assembly in May 2025:
– Sister Mary T. Barron, OLA, Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles, who had been Vice President of the UISG until that date, will now assume the role of UISG President; and
– Sister Graciela Francovig, FI, Superior General of the Daughters of Jesus, will serve as the Vice President of the UISG.
This replaces Sister Nadia Coppa, ASC, as President of the UISG.
The new President, Sister Mary Barron, addressed UISG members with the following words: “It is a great honor to have been asked to serve UISG as President at this special time. As women religious, we are growing in our awareness of the need for this interconnected global sisterhood that lives in deep solidarity and communion, collaborating and promoting God’s mission in the world, especially among those who are often the most forgotten by society. The call to synodality is particularly strong and important for consecrated life at this moment. As the global Church prepares for the Synod in Rome, it is a great privilege to be able to participate in the Synod as President of UISG.”