Pope Francis appointed 23 members for Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and this time he also included six women religious superior generals and also a head of a woman’s secular institute. The previous members of the same congregation were all male and this is the first time that the Pope appointed women generals too.The nomination that took place this month included superior generals, cardinals of male religious communities and also bishops. Previously women were not party of the nominations but this time the Pope broke that tradition and decided to include women as well. This move is another example set by the Pope over his increased attention when it came to put women in different leadership positions in the Vatican.
The new set of appointment came after the nomination of superior general from the Comboni Missionarie, Sr. Irma Luzia Premoli in 2014, in fact her appointment marks the first time for a superior general from the female institute to me named as one of the members of the congregation.
The names of the six women superior generals who are appointed for the congregation are Sr. Yvonne Reungoat from the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr. Kathleen Appler of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Sr. Françoise Massy from Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Sr. Simona Brambilla from the Consolata Missionaries, Sr. Luigia Coccia of the Comboni Missionaries, and Sr. M. Rita Calvo Sanz from Company of Mary Our Lady.