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.”
August 12, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia – Leaders of Catholic Sisters from throughout the United States engaged in a contemplative action for an end to race-based violence in our country. The event began at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Organized during the Leadership Conference for Women Religious assembly that gathered in Atlanta Aug. 9-13, about 160 women participated in the action.
The group began with a half mile silent procession to the Center for Civil and Human Rights and then spent five minutes in silent prayer and contemplation focusing on repentance for complicity in racism and prayer for peace. The group concluded their contemplative action singing “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”
Earlier this week, the Adrian Dominican Sisters joined with their Black Catholic brothers and sisters – clergy, Sisters, and deacons – in affirming that “Black Lives Matter” and in their message: “Scripture and Catholic social teaching cry out for justice and equality in our relationship with one another.”