Jul 4, 2012

New Superior General for SVD

Society of the Divine Word or Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) has been holding its general assembly in Nemi, outskirts of Rome, since the end of June.  SVD's general assembly are held every 6 years.  Present Superior General, Fr. Tony Pernia, was elected to the post during the 2000 General Assembly which I took part as a provincial superior of Japan.  Term of office for the Superior General is usually 12 years and, therefore, the general assembly had to elect new superior general to succeed Fr. Pernia.

After days of reporting and also spiritual reflections, the assembly hold the election for the post on 3 July and Fr. Heinz Kulueke has been elected with absolute majority to the post of Superior General.  Fr. Heinz was born in Germany in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1986.  He has been working in the Southern Province of Philippines since he was ordained.  He has a doctorate in Philosophy and, thus, has been a professor of Philosophy in University of San Carlos in Cebu.  He has been a provincial superior of Philippine South for exceptional 3 term.

At the same time, he has been quite well known as a real active missionary to be with poor and oppressed in the area.

Congratulations for Fr. Heinz and may God bless you and guide you.  Photo above is taken by Fr. Daisuke Narui from Japan.  Fr. Tony Pernia congratulating his successor.  Thank you Tony for your good and dedicated service for 12 years.

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