A very discreet plaque on Via dei Penitenzieri, on the
ground floor, below the offices of the secretariats of the General Curia in
Rome, merely bears three letters: U.S.G. This is, however, the address of an
important association in the life of the Catholic Church: the Union of Superiors General, the association of male Catholic religious congregations.
Father Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Jesuits, is currently its
This week the Superiors General, like so many other
international groups, are meeting virtually for their 94th General Assembly.
The physical distance will not prevent the coming together of ideas and the
strength of the commitment of religious, priests and brothers, from everywhere.
Inspired by Pope Francis, they will try to imagine the future. A new imagination of the possible, with
the subtitle: Leadership in the
The participants are first
invited to reread what has happened in their respective congregations over the
past year and to draw from this a reflection on the changing world in which we
live. This new context guided them towards defining a new type of leadership. The
second stage will be directly inspired by a quotation from Pope Francis who
said: “Now is the right time to allow ourselves to be enlivened by a new
imagination of the possible with the realism that only the Gospel can offer.”
This session will be supported by the expertise of a Deputy Secretary of the
Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development, Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies,
who is also a member of the leadership of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission. He
is an Argentinian who has worked in his own country as well as in England. He
specialises in moral theology with a focus on economics and environmental