Theatines Elect New Superiors

ROME, JUNE 18, 2003 ( The chapter general of the Congregation of Clerks Regular ended with the election of a new governing body.

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The new superior general of the order is Father Valentín Arteaga Sánchez-Gujialgo, until now superior of the Theatines of Spain. The new vicar general is Father Pío Lana Salinas of Navarre, until now rector of the Basilica of St. Andrew in Rome.

The results of Tuesday’s elections will be communicated to the Holy See today for confirmation.

The chapter has sent a message to the Theatine world — religious and secular — in which it attests to the order’s growth in Latin America.

«This new generation of Theatines has brought the fresh air of renewal, which fills us with hope and revitalizes us,» the message states.

The order, which has 200 religious, was founded by St. Cajetan of Thiene and others who in 1524 asked the Pope for permission to live in community.

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