Last 8 December the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) celebrated the first 50 years of its existence at the service of women religious across the world and of the Church. Indeed, its institution was approved on 8 December 1965, the last day of the Second Vatican Council. The first General Assembly was held in 1967 and it was attended by approximately 200 Superiors General. For lack of other means, the same Superiors made the UISG known through their travels. Responses were immediately enthusiastic, especially from smaller or geographically isolated congregations, indicating that the Union corresponded to a genuine need. Today, after half a century of existence, the UISG – made up of 1,857 Superior Generals, responsible for institutes under both pontifical and diocesan jurisdiction, present in more than 100 countries and representing more than 350,000 women religious – renews its commitment as an intercongregational and international space for dialogue, debate and action for women religious, in collaboration with the Church authorities, men religious and the laity. Superiors are invited to respond in increasingly collaborative and creative ways to the new challenges to the feminine consecrated life, while the mission develops and is transformed. The festivities continued for four days: indeed, on 12 December a Mass in Rome was celebrated by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, during which the sending on mission of 10 women religious of the UISG Migrants Project was announced. They left for Sicily on the 14th to found two intercongregational communities which are to form a bridge between the local population and the migrants. The celebrations for the UISG Jubilee will conclude during the Plenary Assembly to be held in Rome from 9 to 13 May 2016.
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