This Tuesday, 7th May 2019, in St Jodard in the presence of Mgr Rivière, Bishop of Autun and Ordinary of the Brothers of St John, the General Chapter of the Brothers of St John elected Brother François Xavier Cazali as Prior General, with a majority of two-thirds of the vote, for a mandate of six years, according to the Constitutions of the Congregation.
Brother François-Xavier, aged 45 from France, spent many years in Lithuania, where he was superior. Since 2016 he was Vicar General of the Community and member of the Commission treating cases of abuse, in which he showed determination to tackle abuse.
The General Chapter, made up of about fifty delegates, will continue the process of elections until 10th May. It will elect a Master of Studies and Councillors of the Prior General.
The election of the new Prior General was preceded by several days of work during which the Brothers looked together at the truth of the history of the Community, its relationship to the founder and the report given by the Commission treating cases of abuse.
In this context and in a united, fraternal climate, each brother expressed what he identified as the challenges and priorities of the Community for the years ahead.
These questions will nourish the second session of the General Chapter, which will take place from 22nd to 30th October 2019. The brothers at the chapter will need to give orientations for the years ahead, so that the Community will always put its charism at the service of humanity and of the Church and continue the reforms already begun.
The Community of the Brothers of St John includes around 500 brothers (of which 270 are priests), who come from 34 countries and who are spread out in about fifty priories on five continents.
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