April 20, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation, has been elected as one of two U.S. delegates to the International Union of Superiors General (UISG). She will begin a three-year term in November 2017.
Sister Pat was elected by the major superiors – leaders of Catholic Sisters’ congregations – of the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to represent the 141 congregations that are members of the international organization.
“It is a profound honor and humbling to have the opportunity to listen and learn from women who, with their people, are living through times of great oppression, poverty, and ecological devastation,” Sister Pat said. “As one of two U.S. delegates, I commit to bring their stories of mission and authentic gospel living to us and other congregations of women religious living in the United States.”
Sister Pat will be one of 12 delegates from North, Central, and South America who will work together in the Americas Constellation of the UISG. The delegates will work together to promote religious life and to “build bridges that will span distances, borders, and boundaries in order to create ways for members to be in communications, in community, and in community.”
Major superiors of women’s congregations throughout the world gather each summer for an assembly in Rome. The UISG was founded in 1951 to “create an international forum, a way for women religious to be in dialogue with each other, with the Church authorities and with global organizations.”