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.

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.