‘Sowers of Prophetic Hope’ is the theme of the 21st General Assembly of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General), to take place in Rome from May 6-10, 2019. The theme, as explained by Sr. Carmen Sammut, MSOLA, superior general of the Missionaries of Our Lady of Africa and president of the UISG, urges us to consider how women religious can be signs of hope in a world of division and war, and for the many women and children who suffer.
The UISG currently consists of 1,900 members from more than one hundred countries, representing 450,000 women religious throughout the world.
Around 850 superiors general from 80 different countries will participate in the assembly, along with around 40 invited guests including presenters, representatives of continental conferences of men and women religious and Vatican dicasteries, and others who lead organizations that partner with the UISG. The Assembly will consider themes such as interculturation, the future vision of religious life, the integrity of creation (in the light of the Encyclical Laudato si’) and interreligious dialogue, and for the first time it will be possible to follow the principle conferences via live streaming in their original language, through the platform https://zoom.us/join/622.095-529
On May 10, the superiors general will meet with Pope Francis in a private audience, during which the Pope will launch the “Nuns Healing Hearts” campaign in honor of the tenth anniversary of Talitha Kum, the international network of women religious against human trafficking.