ROME, MARCH 7, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The Somascan Fathers and Brothers, meeting in Rome, elected a new superior and vicar general to lead the order.
Some 34 Somascan religious met in Rome last week for the order’s 136th General Chapter. They elected the current vicar general, 50-year-old Father Franco Moscone, as superior general.
He succeeds Father Roberto Bolis, who submitted his resignation for personal reasons to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in November.
Spanish-born José Antonio Nieto Sepulveda, 47, was named to fill the post of vicar general.
The order’s press office said Father Moscone, who was elected for a term of six years, was elected in a fraternal atmosphere.
The General Chapter elected Father Cataldo, 79, as the fourth general councilor of the Somascan Order. Father Cataldo is an expert in the spirituality of religious life.
Those meeting in Rome discussed the situation of the order in such areas as initial and ongoing formation, the coordination between the various governing bodies, and lay people’s participation in the Somascan spirituality. They also set priorities for a strategic six-year plan,
St. Jeronimo Emiliani, universal patron of orphans and abandoned children, founded the Somascan Fathers almost 500 years ago.
Following the example of their founder, the order serves the poor and young people, focusing special attention on the abandoned and unprotected. There are nearly 500 members of the order worldwide.