Marie Françoise Phelippeau, Superior General of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Assumption

On the 19th of June 2011, the General Chapter of the little Sisters of the Assumption elected Marie-Françoise Phelippeau to be the new Superior General of the Congregation. Marie-Françoise is the 9th Superior General of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Assumption.

This Frenchwoman, aged 64, succeeded Mercedes Martinez (Spanish), who held two six-year mandates at the head of the Congregation. Today, the Little Sisters number 688 Sisters, in 22 countries of the five continents. 
Marie-Françoise Phelippeau was born on the 12th of July 1946, in south-east France. She trained as a nurse in La Rochelle where she came to know the Little Sisters. She tells us that, during her novitiate, she heard the call to be with people who were unqualified and often denied social recognition, mainly women. So, over a period of thirteen years she worked as an employee in an industrial laundry, and for a time in a small metallurgy concern. She then joined the trade union and was involved in campaigns for housing and the environment. From 1985 until 1997 she had responsibility for the youth ministry and for the postulate in her province, while working in the diocesan team for the Ministry to Migrants, in Lyon. She had followed a course of training as a family and marriage counsellor before being appointed provincial of West-Europe-Africa from 2000 to 2009. 
Since the end of her mandate as provincial she has spent nine months in the community at Brussels (Belgium) and a year in the Sahalava community (Madagascar), while following closely the beginnings of the Congregation in Vietnam. "For me, this ’already long life’ has been an experience of the joy of ’life together’ and of working at my place for the ’Reign of God’." 
The General Council elected to work with her is composed of: Piedad Berrio (Colombia), Eugenia Hueto (Spain), Mary Keenan (Ireland) and Geneviève Langlois-Meurinne (France). 
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