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Society of St. Paul 10th General Chapter begins in Rome

On the 25th of January, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, 60 chapter delegates representing 17 Regions and Provinces of the Congregation of the Society of St. Paul gathered in Ariccia (just outside of Rome) for their 10th General Chapter where they will elect a new Superior General. This General Chapter is extraordinary as it follows upon the untimely death of the immediate past Superior General Fr. Silvio Sassi, SSP.

Delegates from Italy, Argentina, Brazil, India, Great Britain, the Philippines, France, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Spain, the United states and more countries gathered for the Chapter. Fr. Celso Godilano, the Vicar General of the Society of St. Paul, concluded his opening remarks to the delegates with the words, “I officially declare the X General Chapter of the Society of St Paul open.”

 

Delegates from Society of St. Paul Province in the United States: L to R Brother Dominic Calabro, Fr. Matthew Roehrig, Fr. Arcangel Cardenas

Delegates from Society of St. Paul Province in the United States: L to R Brother Dominic Calabro, Fr. Matthew Roehrig, Fr. Arcangel Cardenas

 

 

Fr. Celso Godilano, the Vicar General, opened with the following words: “This is the moment which needs additional faith and hope.” Let us feel the closeness and prayerful support of many brothers and sisters of the Pauline Family, of friends and collaborators, of the intercession of Pauline saints in heaven where our Superior General Fr Silvio Sassi is united.”

In the afternoon of that first day, after presenting their credential letters, the Delegates read, discussed and approved the Rules and Regulation of the X General chapter and proceeded to elect various organizing bodies of the Chapter. Fr Alphonse Abedi (Congo) and Fr Juan Carlos Pinto (Spain), the youngest delegates of the chapter, were elected as scrutineers. Afterwards Fr Paulo Bazaglia (Brazil) was elected as the Secretary of the Chapter. Three were then elected members who together with the President of the Chapter (Vicar General) and the Secretary form the Central Commission: Fr Jose Pottayil (India-NigeriaGreat Britain-Ireland), Fr Carlo Cibien (General Councillor) and Fr José carlos Nunes (Portugal). To draft the minutes of the Chapter, Fr Vincenzo Vitale (the General Secretary) and Fr Giacomo Perego (Italy) were elected as Actuaries. At the end Fr Agatino Gugliara (Italy) was elected as Information Secretary of the Chapter.

The voting for the new Superior General begins the first week of February.

Let us pray for all the delegates of the Chapter especially our three brothers of the American Province.

 

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