After his election Tuesday, Father Salvatore expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Father Frank Monks, the outgoing superior general, and the rest of the order.
Father Salvatore, who turned 52 the day of his election, was born in Abbruzzo. He was a parish priest for many years and taught at pontifical universities and at nursing and physiotherapy schools. He served as vicar general for the order from 2001-2007.
The order, founded by St. Camillus, was started in Rome, in 1591. St. Camillus surrounded himself of a group of pious men, available to help him to care for the sick and the poor who were living at the “edges of the society.”
Today the Camillians number 1,080. The order is comprised of religious, priests and brothers who minister to the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of the sick in 28 countries worldwide.