ROME, SEPT. 5, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The general chapter of the Capuchin order elected Father Mauro Jöhri, provincial of the Capuchin Swiss Province, as their new minister general.
Father Jöhri, 59, is the successor of Canadian Father John Corriveau, who has guided the order for 12 years.
The Capuchin general chapter has been meeting in Rome for a week; 174 capitulars are representing 11,000 Capuchins worldwide. The most important item on the agenda so far has been Monday’s election of a new minister general to guide the order for the next six years.
Mauro Jöhri was born at Bivio in the canton of the Grison, “which explains his love for mountains and climbing,” explained the communiqué publishing his election.
He is fluent in the four Swiss languages: Italian, Ladin, German and French. His first years in high school were in Faido. He entered the Capuchin novitiate in 1964, and completed the first years of theology at the institute of the order in Solothurn.
After his priestly ordination in 1972, he continued his studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and at Tuebingen, Germany, and then at the Theological Faculty of Lucerne, where he completed his theological studies, obtaining a doctorate in 1980. The theme of his doctorate was the theology of the cross in the works of Hans Urs von Balthasar.
In 1989, the Capuchins elected him superior of the Italian Region of Switzerland and in 1995 provincial of the Swiss Capuchin Province. In this role he became president of the Union of Religious Superiors of Switzerland.
On completing his provincialate, he continued his ongoing formation at the Institut de Formation Humaine Intégrale in Montreal.
In 2005 the Swiss Capuchins elected him their provincial again.
The Capuchin order is active in 99 countries.