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Capitulum Generale 2015: Chronicle, Day 13

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The 13th day of Chapter, the Vigil of Pentecost, was taken up with the election of the friars who, along with the Minister and Vicar General, make up the new Definitory, and whose task it is to govern the world-wide fraternity of the Order for the next 6 years.

Once the required rites and procedures had taken place, the friars began the voting process. Because of the large number of votes cast in the 8 elections, the count took all morning.

Just after 12 noon, the results were announced and the following were elected as Definitors General:
• Europe: Br. Antonio Scabio (Italy), Br. Ivan Sesar (Croatia) and Br. Lóránt Orosz (Hungary);
• Latin America: Br. Valmir Ramos (Brazil) and Br. Ignacio Ceja Jiménez (Mexico);
• English-Speaking Conference: Br. Caoimhín Ó Laoide (Ireland);
• Africa: Br. Nicodème Kibuzehose (Kenya);
• Asia and Oceania: Br. Lino Gregorio Redoblado (Philippines)

The 5 new Definitors already present at Chapter, having been asked by the Minister General, immediately and generously accepted the service requested of them by the friars. The Minister General then announced that he had been in telephone contact with Brs. Valmir Ramos, Ivan Sesar and Lóránt Orosz, and that they had each accepted the office of General Definitor. Those 3 friars will come to the Chapter in the coming week. Every one of the friars present gave a fraternal embrace to the newly-elected Definitors in an atmosphere of real celebration.

In the afternoon, in spite of the non-stop rain, the Chapter Members had time to explore Assisi – as well as passing on all the news to their home Provinces and Custodies.

Later on, Solemn Vigil of Pentecost was celebrated in the Basilica of the Portiuncula; this was a further opportunity to invoke the help of the Holy Spirit, the true Minister General of the Order.

6 thoughts on “Capitulum Generale 2015: Chronicle, Day 13

  1. Congratulations to new elected team of General Definitory. May the Lord bless you all so you are able to serve the Order. Greetings specially for Gregory Linobaldo. Come to Bogor when you visit the Indonesian province.

  2. Prayers and blessings on all–especially Michael Perry and Nicodeme Kibuzehose whom I remember fondly from my days in the Vice Province of St. Francis. The Lyke Community: the Franciscan Missionaries of Hope also send their prayers and blessings.
    Fr. Andre McGrath, OFM. Vice Province 1987-1993
    Tangaza College — Rector/ Principal 1988-1993
    Pastor: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Shreveport, LA USA

  3. Good and nice to see you holding to one another. May this signify your working together to render us more committedly lesser brothers in today’s world of domination, discrimination and fragmentation. Again best wishes!

  4. My prayerful greetings to the new Office Bearers. I know Mike from Zaire. I know Loran from Antonianum. I know Gregory, he was my student at Antonianum. May the Triune God help you all to work together for the growth of the OFMs everywhere in all senses.
    There is a lot to be done. The World groans towards the Steward of Creation!!!!!
    Shalom!
    Friar Sidney J. M. Mascarenhas, OFM, Ph.D.

  5. Congrats…Lino on your election….see you in Singapore on your visitation as the Definitor General for Asia! You save me too! Thank you!

    Mike Goh, OFM

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