Mangaluru, May 19, 2022: Ursuline Franciscan Sisters (UFS) held their 14 th General Chapter from 9 th to 17 th May, 2022 with the theme “Repair My House” at Generalate ‘Somarpann’ in Mangalore for which 46 delegates were present. It commenced with 8 days retreat prior to the Chapter preached by Fr Joseph D Mello SJ, with which the capitulars were oriented well for the Chapter.
A news release states, in this 14 th General Chapter Rev Sr Milly Fernandes was elected Superior General and Srs Rita Vas, Juliana Pinto, Lydia Precilla Serrao and Philomena Noronha as Councillors General for the period of six years to take the Congregation to greater heights in terms of its spirituality, community life and mission in the light of the word of God and the spirit of the Founding members. During these grace-filled and spirit-led days they delved deep into the present burning issues and concerns of the world, Church, Congregation, community and self. The major internal and external challenges discussed, evaluated and considered were self-absorption, counter influence of media and gadgets, the concerns of the ‘new poor’ in the fringes, increase of violence and fundamentalism.
Having realized their call to holiness, with a sense of synodality of participation, communion and mission, they pledged themselves to repair, renew and rebuild self, community, Church and the world. Today the Ursuline Franciscan Congregation has spread into four Continents with over 1,000 Sisters and 150 aspirants. The Sisters in the spirit of Synodality participate in the mission of the Church with zeal. They live the present with passion, embrace the future with hope by being women of the dawn, women of passion for God and people, women of joy and women of inner freedom, ‘launching deeper into the lives of the people solely for the love of God’ in simplicity of life, and proclaim the message of the fullness of life of God’s Kingdom.
The UFS nuns now spread the world over, is known for its contribution to education, health care and social development in general and is well accepted and appreciated. In the 133 years of its founding in Mangaluru. The first resident Parish Priest (1879 to 1888 AD) of Rosario Cathedral was Rev.Fr.Urban Stein SJ, a German- he is recognised as the official founder of this great congregation of indigenous Mangalore nuns, Mother Nympha Fernandez from a prominent local family is the pioneer, the first superior, born:October 9, 1850, died February 24, 1909. The UFS forerunner ’Company of St Ursula’ was founded on Easter Sunday April 10, 1887.