Meet the New Institute Leadership Council

Posted November 22, 2019

On November 21, 2019, we celebrated the transition of leadership to our new General Council who were elected at our General Chapter in July 2019. We are happy to introduce them to you!

Sister Margaret Fielding, General Superior

Margaret Fielding, our new General Superior, is from our Northern European Province. Born in Ireland, she has lived all over the RSHM world—in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Italy and Brazil. She speaks English, Portuguese, and French. She has previously served as General Councilor and Secretary in Rome from 2001-2007 and as Directress of the SHM Novitiate in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, from 2014-2017. More recently, she has guided retreats at our RSHM retreat houses—Cormaria in Sag Harbor, NY, USA and Noddfa, in Penmaenmawr, Wales, as well as at St. Beuno’s in North Wales. Among Margaret’s interests are the future of apostolic religious life, intergenerational friendships and mentoring, and care of the environment. She enjoys reading, gardening, walking in the country, art, and music.

Irma Maria Aparecida Moreira (Paré), Councilor,

Maria Aparecida Moreira (Paré), Councilor, is from our Brazilian Province and was born in Brazil. She served in the administration of the Colégio Sagrado Coração de Maria in Vitória, ES, was active in the archdiocese of Vitória, and also served as Provincial Treasurer of the Brazilian Province. As Treasurer, was also part of the team working with Homeless Pastoral, belonging to the Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte, MG. Most recently she has been General Treasurer in Rome, Italy, where she also volunteers at a project for refugee women and children. Paré speaks Portuguese, English, and Italian. She is concerned about the situation of refugees and about the environment; in leisure time, she enjoys reading and spending time in nature.


Irma Ana Luísa Pinto, Councilor

Ana Luísa Pinto, Councilor, is from our Portuguese Province and was born in Portugal. She has served as a psychologist in the Colégios do Sagrado Coração de Maria in Lisbon and Porto. One of the founders of the CoMTigo youth movement, she has been active in pastoral work at universities in Porto, Braga, and Coimbra. Most recently, she was also director of Centro de Espiritualidade Jean Gailhac in Costa Nova, Portugal, collaborating on the formation of sisters and laity. Ana Luísa speaks Portuguese and English. She is concerned about justice issues, especially regarding women and children: human trafficking; abuse; migrants, and refugees. She is also interested in interreligious dialogue. Ana Luísa plays the guitar and enjoys music, reading, and spending time in nature.

Sister Sipiwi Phiri, Councilor

Sipiwe Phiri, Councilor, is from our Zambezi Region, which includes the countries of Zambia, where Sipiwe was born, and Zimbabwe where she has also lived. A passionate educator, Sipiwe has been a teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Chivuna, Zambia. Sipiwe is also active in pastoral work. Assisting young people in discovering their life’s vocation whether as a religious or lay person. Sipiwe speaks English and Nyanja, Tonga, Shona and Bemba. She is concerned about the environment, particularly climate change, and the political issues impacting that issue. She enjoys reading and cooking.


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