Montfort Missionaries Elect New Superior General

ROME, MAY 19, 2005 ( The Montfort Missionaries elected for the first time an Italian as the new superior general of the congregation.

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The missionaries, also known as the Company of Mary, elected Father Santino Brembilla, 59, to a six-year term during their general chapter in Rome, reported the congregation’s provincial secretariat.

Santino Brembilla, born in Stezzano, was ordained a priest in 1971. After some years of ministry in Italy, in 1979 he went as a missionary to Peru, where he has carried out his service.

Addressing the members of the general chapter, the new superior highlighted «the need to receive life and the mission as a gift from God, responding with creativity to the challenges of our time.»

In carrying out his mission, Father Brembilla will be helped by four general assistants elected by the chapter: Olivier Maire, of France; Donald Lasalle of the United States; Joseph Philor of Haiti; and Mathieu Jenniskens of the Netherlands.

The Montfort Missionaries are celebrating the 300th anniversary of their foundation. The congregation has 950 religious working in 30 nations.

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