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Brother José María Ferre Vicedo replaces Brother Giovanni Bigotto

13/07/2009: General House

Brother Superior General and his Council, in the ordinary session of 8 May 2009, have appointed Brother José María Ferre Vicedo, of the Mediterranean Province, as Postulator General for a first term of three years, with responsibilities commencing from 1st of September 2010. Brother José María will replace Brother Giovanni Bigotto, belonging to the Province of Madagascar, who will have completed his second term in charge of the causes of the Marist saints on 1 September 2010.

Although Brother Ferre will not start his apostolate until 2010, the General Council has already appointed him so as make the transition to his new work a bit easier. In addition, the early appointment will enable Brother Ferre to attend a Rome-based workshop for Postulators General being set up by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

Brother José María Ferre was born in Alicante (Spain) in 1946. He made perpetual profession in 1968. From 1971 he spent a long period in Africa, carrying out various services for the Institute, especially in the field of formation. He has lived in the D. R. of the Congo, Zaire, Kenya, Liberia and Ghana. He returned again to Rome, where he had done part of his studies (1969) and collaborated in the General Secretariate as the one in charge of publishing the FMS Message (1988). His ability with languages has allowed him to work as translator in many international meetings.

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