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Society of St Paul elects new leadership team including 2 Asians

New leadership of the Society of St Pauls (Photo supplied)

Two Catholic priests from Asia are among those who are newly elected to the leadership team of the worldwide Society of St Paul, founded in Italy by Blessed James Alberione. 

The members of St Pauls are committed to proclaiming Christ through social communications. 

The XIth General Chapter of the Society of St Paul held at Ariccia, Italy, has elected the 56-year-old Father Domenico Soliman as the Superior General of the Congregation, and the 8th successor to Blessed Alberione, its Founder and first Superior General. 

Father Soliman was elected to the highest office of the Congregation on June 15. 

He was born in Vincenza, Italy, on June 2, 1966. He entered the community of the Society of St Paul in Vincenza at the young age of 11, on September 20, 1977. He made his First Profession on September 8, 1986, at the community of Albano Laziale, and made his final vows on September 7, 1992, in Rome. He was ordained a priest on September 30, 1995, at Vincenza.

He was elected Secretary General of the Society of St Paul, in 2018, an office he held to date. During this period, he also served as the Postulator General of the entire Pauline Family consisting of the five Religious Congregations, three of which (Society of St Paul, Daughters of St Paul and Sister Disciples of the Divine Master) are present in India, and five affiliate Secular Institutes, all founded by Blessed Alberione.

The General Chapter also elected on June 16 the following Paulines as General Councillors: Father Boguslaw Zeman, (Poland), presently Director of the Pauline Spirituality Centre, Rome; Father Johnson Vattakunnel (India), currently General Editor, ST PAULS/Better Yourself Books, Mumbai; Father Valdecir Uveda (Brazil); Brother Lorenzo Vezzani (Italy); Father Joven Jose Lagdamen (Philippines) and Father Jose Antonio Pimienta (Mexico).

The Society of St Paul, the first Institute of the Pauline Family, was founded by Blessed Alberione, at Alba, Italy, on August 20, 1914, followed by the Daughters of St Paul, on June 15, 1915. In the founder’s vision, they were to be three feminine counterparts of the mission of the Society of St Paul, utilizing the same instruments of communication to promote the Gospel values.

The third Religious Congregation that Father Alberione founded was the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master. Founded on February 10, 1924, their mission in the mind of Father Alberione is to “intercede for all before the tabernacle, particularly for their brother and sister Institutes engaged in the apostolate of social communications.”

These three Religious Congregations of the Pauline Family are also present, in addition to India, in other Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Pakistan, and Thailand. - Alfonso Elengikal 

 

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