Friday, May 29, 2009

International religious superiors back US nuns

With the apostolic visitation to the Leadership Conference of Religious Women, the peak body for women religious worldwide - International Unions of Superiors General - has issued a statement of support for the American leadership.

The organisation praised US women religious for living out the mandates of the Second Vatican Council, the National Catholic Reporter says.

"We affirm unequivocally our support for our sisters in the United States," the statement of the International Union of Superiors General's executive board reads.

"Their response to the mandates of the Second Vatican Council has been a great gift, not only to the pluralistic society in which they live, but also to the universal church. Our desire is to assist them in facing the challenges which we share."

"As (religious) leaders," the statement reads, "we are confident that our members all over the world join us in our prayers for success and blessing on the Apostolic Visitation of our sisters in the United States.

The board of the International Union of Superiors General met in Rome last week.

The Visitation is being conducted under the direction of Superior General of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mother Clare Millea, whom Rodé appointed Apostolic Visitator.

Mother Millea, a Connecticut native, heads the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an international religious institute headquartered in Rome. For the past few months she has been interviewing leaders of various U.S. women religious orders.

"We pray that the visitation will facilitate mutual understanding among all parties involved and illuminate both the vitality and the challenges of religious life in the United States," the statement reads.

"We recognize that the Apostolic Visitation calls our sisters in the United States in particular to reflect on their recent history and present experience, their concerns and their hopes for the future of apostolic religious life in their country.

The International Union's statement is signed by all of its board of directors, NCR says.
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