The XVI General
Chapter began on April 14, 2010 with a solemn concelebrated Mass
in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows in Secondigliano, Italy.
Delegates and elected representatives from all our communities
around the world were in attendance to join in asking the
guidance of the Holy Spirit as they looked forward to beginning
the work of the Chapter. A general chapter is held every six
years. The theme of this year’s Chapter was “In the Footsteps of
Gaetano Errico.” The North American Delegation was represented
by Fr. Malcolm MacLeod, M.SS.CC., Delegate, Fr. Peter DiTomasso,
M.SS.CC. And Fr. Robert Malagesi, M.SS.CC.
After the opening Mass, the delegates moved to the St. Vincent
Palotti Spiritual Center in Grottaferrata, Italy to begin the
chapter sessions. Issues discussed included reflection on the
charism of our founder, St. Gaetano and how it was manifested in
the work and ministries of our Missionaries today. Included were
reports from each region on their current status and endeavors
for the future. General issues that affected all regions were
discussed and amended.
Delegates to the General Chapter
Chapter sessions begin with daily Mass
Close to the completion of the Chapter on May 1, elections for
the Superior General and his Council members proceeded with the
Superior General: Fr. Salvatore Izzo
Vicar General: Fr. Antonio Palmiero
Economer General: Fr. Angelo Terracciano
Councilors: Fr. Vincenzo D’Antico and
Fr. M. Arokia Raj
Fr. Peter DiTomasso, who was attending a General Chapter for the
first time, shared that in addition to the valuable work
accomplished during his time at the Chapter, it was a most
welcome opportunity to establish friendships with his Confreres
from our communities around the world and learn of their
ministries. He believed, for him, it was a true gift of the 2010
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