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​Sr Luzia Premoli, the first woman to be appointed a member of a Congregation

The news is precious: among the new members of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peopled appointed by Pope Francis, beside the cardinals, bishops and men religious there is also a woman religious, the Brazilian Luzia Premoli, since 2010 Superior General of the Comboni Missionary Sisters. Although it is this dicastery’s practice to include among its members Superiors General of religious orders, it is the first time that the superior of a female institute has been appointed. A Brazilian from Linhares, 59 years old, after her first profession in 1983, Luzia Premoli earned a degree in psychology and arrived in the Province of Mozambique in 1989, where she lived for eight years devoting her ministry to the pastoral care of education for women at the interdiocesan seminary and to the formation of the teachers. At the same time she also served as provincial bursar. Having returned to Brazil in 1997 to take on her office as formation teacher at the novitiate, she earned a Master’s in psycho-pedagogy with a specialization in counselling. Elected Provincial Superior of the Brazilian Province in 2005, Sr Luzia is the first non-Italian to head the Combonian Congregation. 

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