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Former Franciscan missionary to Pakistan elected new Superior General

Sister Glenny Araujo Eufemia Mercedes, a Peruvian nun and former missionary to Pakistan, has been elected as the 12th Superior General of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. (Photo supplied)

A Peruvian nun, a former missionary to Pakistan, has been elected as the 12th Superior General of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM).

“We are pleased to announce that our 12th Superior General was elected this afternoon (March 21, 2022),” said a social media post from General House in Rome.

The 58-year-old Sister Glenny Araujo Eufemia Mercedes was a missionary in Pakistan for 16 years. Since 2014, she has been a General Councillor of the congregation.

“We thank her for her ‘yes’ and entrust her to the Lord,” said the FMM press note.

Sister Siony Jomen, a member of the FMM congregation in the Philippines, said, “Congratulations dear Sister Eufemia. We are with you.”

Blessed Mary of the Passion, who was a missionary in India, founded the congregation in 1877.

The Institute of the FMM is an international Catholic religious congregation, present on the five continents in various countries. It is at the service of the universal mission. The Sisters live in international and intercultural communities and are involved in various sectors of the pastoral and social life of the Church.

Today, almost 5580 FMM members from 78 nationalities work in 73 countries on five continents.

FMM members are dedicated to the universal missionary work of the Catholic Church and they live in international communities.

In Asia, they are present in 18 countries—China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan and Vietnam.


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