Indian nun Vandana Fernandes has been elected superior general of the Ursulines of Mary Immaculate (UMI) congregation.
A report on Matters India said the election took place on October 4 at the end of the congregation’s 66th general chapter held at its headquarters in Rome.
A press note said the chapter has given a wake-up call to the members of the 372-year-old congregation to understand and respond to the challenges of the modern time.
It also urged members to commit to the Church’s mission and give hope to “the world crucified by the coronavirus pandemic.”
The chapter responded to Pope Francis’ call to proclaim the Gospel to the poor, especially those on the peripheries.
The congregation elects its superior general for a six-year term during the general chapter.
Sister Fernandes, a native of Goa in western India, is the third Indian to head the congregation that focuses on the education of girls.
She replaced Sister Elvira Mattapally, an Indian who led the congregation for two terms since 2009.
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