CHAPTER GENERAL of the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm – Camillians – May 2022
From May 1, 2022 to May 2022, the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians) celebrated, at the “Ad Gentes” Center in Nemi (RM), the LIX General Chapter with the participation of 56 capitular religious.
We share, here, in one publication all the documents, reports, lectures that accompanied the reflection of the capitular religious.
NOMINATIONS for the triennium 2022-2025
The Superior General, Father Pedro Tramontin, with the consent of the consultors, made the appointments of the major superiors of the Order and their respective provincial councilors (vice) for the triennium 2022-2025.
PROVINCIAL SUPERIORS AND VICE PROVINCIAL of the Order of Camillians for the three-year period 2022-2025
Abathan p. Karl
Bermejo fr. José Carlos
Province of SPAIN
Cherdchai Fr. Paul
Province of THAILAND
Gabriel Fr. Jörg
Province of GERMANY
Kuliraniyil Fr. J. Bijoy
Province of INDIA
Locatelli Fr. Mateus
Province of BRAZIL
Mangione fr. Carlo
Marzano Fr. Antonio
Rigamonti Fr. Giuseppe
NORTHERN ITALIAN Province
Szwajnoch Fr. Mirosław
Villanueva Fr. Evan Paul
Yanogo Fr. Pierre
Province of BURKINA FASO
Ballena Rios Fr. Alex
Vice Province of PERU
GENERAL DELEGATES for the three-year period 2022-2025
Foster Fr. Stephen
Delegate of the ANGLO-Irish Province
Gyorgy Fr. Alfred
Delegate of the AUSTRIAN Province
On June 20, 2022, Father Pedro Tramontin, Superior General of the Order of Camillians, after obtaining a written license from the Dicastery of Religious, proceeded to appoint Brother Carlo Mangione as provincial superior of the province of Sicily-Naples and Brother Jose’ Carlos Bermejo Higuera as provincial superior of the province of Spain.
Last May 18, 2022, Pope Francis introduced a dispensation to canon 588\2 of the Code of Canon Law, and our order was among the first to petition the Dicastery of Religious to be able to have written permission and to be able to appoint as provincial superior a religious brother who is not a cleric.
To Brother Charles and Brother Jose Carlos our best wishes for their new service in authority and animation of the communities and confreres of their provinces.
PROVICIAL DELEGATES for the 2022-2025 triennium.
WONG Haw Ran Jacob
John Baptist PHUONG DINH TOAI
NDWIGA NJIRU John
CERON MEDINA Diego Fernando
OROSA Augustine Jr.
PROVINCIAL ADVISORS for the three-year period 2022-2025.
Adailton MENDES DA SILVA – 1st councilor.
Mario Luis KOZIK
Ariston DOS SANTOS BARROS FILHO
Junior DOS SANTOS MOREIRA
Umberto ANDREETTO – I° councilor
Luca Sergio PERLETTI
ANICKATTUVAYALIL Teji Varghese – 1st councilor
NAKKUZHIKKATTU Jofree Joseph
CHENGALIKAVIL Benny Mathew
BACIL Sebastian Singh
Luc ZONGO – 1st councilor
K. Jean Dieudonné BEI
AGBOHOU Félicien – 1st counselor
ZOTCHI K. Léon
AKOUE ANANI Antoine
SENGCHAROEN PHAKAVEE Peter – 1st councilor
KHAMSRI KITSADA Dominic
NGUYEN VAN THANH Joachim
Rodolfo V. CANCINO – 1st councilor
Placido DE JOSE
Angel V. CRISOSTOMO
TRAN DINH Long Francis Xavier – 1st councilor
AMADO CASTIÑEIRA Juan Antonio
FUENTES HUATANGARI Franklin
Hubert GOUDJINOU I° councilor
Vincenzo LI CALSI
Ever HERRERA TAPIA – I° councilor
Clever HUAMÁN HERREROS
Carlos SANTOS MEJÍA DIAZ
Arquímedes RAMOS ZURITA
WOJCIECH WEGLICKI – 1st councilor
p. MARIUSZ BANASZEK
Norbert RIEBARTSCH – 1st councilor
p. Arno GEIGER
p. Paul SCHREUR
p. Manny TAMAYO
SLANON Julien Vianney – 1st councilor
SAWADOGO Nayaléguéba Pierre
Sergio PALUMBO – 1st councilor
Some photos of the official start of the term of office of some major superiors with their respective provincial councilors
PROVINCE OF BENIN-TOGO
PROVINCE OF PHILIPPINE
PROVINCE OF INDIA
PROVINCE OF BURKINA FASO
PROVINCE OF SICULO NAPOLETANA
PROVINCE OF BRAZIL
PROVINCE OF THAILANDIA
PROVINCE OF SPAIN
DELEGATION TO GEORGIA
Pawel Dyl, a Camillian from the Polish Province, tells Fides Agency about the arrival of Camillians in Georgia.
WAR IN UKRAINE
Project sponsored by Camillians, Caritas Hungary and Ukraine and Camillian Families from the countries of Ukraine, Hungary, Romania and Austria .
Who are the saints? The hidden guides in the history of our Order. The new ways to come to Christ. Those who accompany us to live “the parable of the Good Samaritan” in our daily lives. They are God’s friends, God’s confidants, God’s lovers, because they are continually turned to him, in service to their brothers and sisters, like the sunflower to the sun. They are men inhabited by God.
The word Holiness makes us think of something unattainable and yet it is our primordial vocation. Holiness makes us happy and fulfilled.
We are urged to rediscover our call to holiness and bring out the holiness of our brothers, who have written and still write the history of our Order. We are called to be proud and happy to be accompanied and guarded by these brothers of ours. DOWNLOAD THE PDF HERE
Father Gianfranco Lunardon, Vicar of the Camillian Order, presided over the celebration.
Interview with Father Walter Vinci, Postulator General of the Order.
There are faces that immediately inspire hope and confidence in the future. There are faces that have a very special light: it is the light of holiness. Nicholas D’Onofrio expresses all this: his smiling eyes, his face filled with the joy of life, make the Venerable Camillian D’Onofrio an example for the youth of today. He instills peace, he instills the Beauty (the one with a capital “b”) of being a Christian. CLICK HERE.
MARIA ARISTEA CECCARELLI
THE CAMILLIAN FAMILY IS IN FEAST…
The Holy Father Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree regarding the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MARIA ARISTEA CECCARELLI, Faithful Laywoman; born November 5, 1883 in Ancona, Italy and died December 24, 1971 in Rome, Italy)…. aggregated to our Camillian Order!
On Sunday, May 29, at 11:30 a.m. at the Basilica San Camillo in Rome, a Mass of thanksgiving for the Venerability of Maria Aristea Ceccarelli was celebrated, presided over by H.E. Most Rev. Msgr. Fabio Fabene, Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
The celebration was also attended by the newly elected Superior General, Fr. Pedro Tramontin and Vicar General Fr. Gianfranco Lunardon.
A crucial moment was the visit to Warsaw’s central train station. Here, in fact, it is the Camillians who, through the Camillian Mission for Social Assistance (CMSA), manage the first reception of arriving refugees.
Below are the two interviews given by Fr. Aris Miranda to Vatican Radio on the management of the crisis in Ukraine
In this issue you will find:
- The election of the new General Consultation of the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm (Camillians).
- Full coverage of the monitoring visit to Poland for Ukrainian refugees
- Updates from projects in Uganda, the Philippines and Tanzania
On the occasion of the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, patroness of our Church, CADIS is promoting the Season of Creation 2022 with the theme “Hearing the Cry of the Earth and the Good News of Mary Magdalene.”
The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home. We listen and respond to the cry of creation as a Christian community.
The Season of Creation begins on Sept. 1, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on Oct. 4, feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.
We begin the Season of Creation by “preparing” to reach out to local leaders and call our communities to actively participate, raising awareness of the issue and how to respond to the cry of creation where the Lord calls us in our different contexts.
SALUTE E SVILUPPO
This fund aims to protect health and extend basic health coverage as much as possible, seeking to reduce social inequalities, with a special focus on the youngest children, ages 0 to 14.
The death toll from the floods that are severely affecting the state of Assam is more than 150 dead so far. Four million people are affected in this emergency. This is according to Fr. Bijoy K George, Camillian missionary (MI), National Director of the Camillian Task Force (CTF).
The state of Assam is once again submerged and abandoned: the situation occurs every year and affecting the entire population. Year after year, we see continuous loss of life, damage to crops, and loss of livestock and wildlife. The state of Assam is often ravaged by the fury of the mighty Brahmaputra River and its tributaries that cause unspeakable human misery and devastation of an indescribable nature.” So reports to Fides Agency Brother Babu Madhu, a Camillian missionary working in the Camillian task force (CTF), speaking of the floods that have severely affected the state of Assam, India.
CAMILLIAN PROVINCE IN THAILAND:
On June 9, 2022, the first fraternal meeting of the Thai province was held under the leadership of Fr. Paul Cherdchai, the new provincial superior. The first morning session was a presentation of spirituality, community life and ministry, recorded by personal dialogue with individual religious. It was a reflection of the life of the province: where we come from, how we live our charism today, looking to the future with hope. This meeting concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist.
PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
Good news from the Camillians in the Philippines: beginning of the ministry of Fr. Evan Paul Villanueva, new provincial superior, renewal of religious vows of some young men, and solemn religious profession of Fr. Dennis Morales!
CAMILLIANS IN UGANDA
This magazine incorporates intellectual and practical work inspired by fraternal diversity, especially within the missionary circle, and is a mouthpiece for the intrinsic divine inspiration of fraternity, humanity and generosity. As a Camillian family with the divine charism of “love and care for the sick,” the magazine presents our diverse experience as we strive to realize our spirituality daily (“from the crucified to the patient, and from the patient to the crucified”).
Pope Tadeo – Editorial Coordinator.
DELEGATION TO INDONESIA
Father Luigi Galvani, Camillian missionary on the island of Flores summarizes the long period of global pandemic with the resulting increase in needs that missionaries have been trying to keep up with.
Despite the long pandemic period that certainly curtailed various social, economic and religious activities, the growth of religious vocations on Flores Island seems to have been unabated.
“In these first months of pandemic détente in the new year in Flores, also called the vocational ‘little Vatican,'” writes Fr. Luigi Galvani from Maumere to Fides Agency, “the bishop of the Diocese of Maumere, Msgr. Edwaldus Martinus Sedu, has been particularly busy with the ordination of 46 deacons and 16 new priests among the 15 men’s congregations present in the diocese.
DELELGATION IN KENYA
On Sunday, 17th July 2022, the Order of St. Camillus counted two new professed: they are Thomas Onchuru Onserio and Aloys Ouma Oduor, who made their temporary vows in Karungu (Kenya) in the presence of the Provincial Superior Delegate Fr. Dominic Mwanzia, surrounded by brothers, relatives and friends.
In this same community, three young Kenyans began their novitiate year: Innocent Moindi Mauti, Boniface Kioko Mutua and Adrian Mobegi Sagwe, welcomed by Fr. John Kariuki in place of Superior Fr. Emilio Balliana.
Thanks be to God and the Founder St. Camillus for these young Camillian vocations.
PROVINCE OF BRAZIL
ANCILLES OF THE INCARNATION (Camillian Charismatic Family)
The new General Council was elected for the sexennium 2022-2028:
Mother Lurdes Calderon Flores, Superior General
Sister Delina Lopez Cordova, first Councillor and Vicar General
Sister Maura Angelica Arevilca Cayoja, Second General Councillor
Sr M. Bruna Salamina, third General Councillor
Sr Alfonsina Bitetto, fourth General Councillor
ADMISSION TO SOLEMN RELIGIOUS PROFESSION
The Superior General of the Order, with the consent of the consultors, has admitted to solemn religious profession:
temporary professed religious of the Province of Benin-Togo.
temporary professed religious of the Camillian Province of Burkina Faso.
From the introduction
the time has finally come to introduce you to a new travelling companion: Nicola D’Onofrio, known to his friends as Nicolino. I do not simply wish to tell you the story of this young man, but to make you live his short, beautiful and intense life experience.
Nicolino is a very young example of Christian life, who has made his smile the ‘highway’ to heaven, that is to holiness, through consecration to the Lord
according to the lifestyle of a great Giant of Charity: St Camillus De Lellis.
Brother José Carlos Bermejo – Padre bueno gracias por la vida
The new book of thanksgiving prayers by José Carlos Bermejo is published by Editorial Mensajero (Loyola). A new reference to cultivate gratitude to God for everyday things. Useful in classrooms, hospitals, families, health care ministry… in any meeting where one wants to build a good spirit through the path of gratitude.
Father Luciano Sandrin – Lo sguardo del perdono published by Editoriale Romani
Forgiving and feeling forgiven changes our lives. It is healthy. It makes us feel good. How not forgiving and not being forgiven can complicate it for us. Forgiveness is liberating, non-forgiveness imprisons us in the past and blocks resources that we could spend more fruitfully in the future. We all need to forgive and be forgiven at times. The path of forgiveness and reconciliation is a path of healing wounds, memories, emotions and relationships. Psychology can be useful to understand the complexities of forgiveness and reconciliation, to help resolve conflicts and prevent unpleasant situations. But forgiveness and reconciliation also have to do with reference values, with our spirituality and religious beliefs, with our theology.
Arnaldo Pangrazzi – The alphabet of the heart. Kaleidoscope of emotions and feelings
This text is a journey through the maps of the heart to decipher its seasons and paths. The ecology of health calls for the art of learning to understand and govern emotional energies so that they enrich and do not deteriorate life and health. “Every emotion that surfaces within us has a right to citizenship and its presence can contribute to a better understanding of ourselves, others, God and the great mystery of everything. The identification and acceptance of a feeling tends to dilute it, alleviate its weight and bring it under cognitive control’.
Father Luciano Sandrin – Caring for the person in the healing community
Pastoral action is the action of the ecclesial community. A path in which the calls look from different perspectives, which intertwine and ‘con-centrate’ on the sick person: affective and professional gazes of the various people who assist and care for him. The book – which takes up the lessons of the online course on The Care of the Person in the Healing Community organised by the CEI’s UNPS – proposes useful reflections for those who work in the ‘specific but broad’ field of the health care ministry, but also for the various subjects of the Church’s pastoral care, so that action is not declined almost only as ‘doing’, but preferably as ‘inter-acting’, thus paying attention to the health of the relationship.
Feast of St. Camillus de Lellis (14 July 2022) and Feast of St. Mary Magdalene (22 July 2022)
On Thursday, July 14, 2022, on the feast of St. Camillus de Lellis, in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Campo Marzio, the new Superior General, Fr. Pedro Tramontin, presided over the solemn Eucharistic celebration. Listen to the homily
On July 15, 2022, the Superior General, Fr. Pedro Tramontin, celebrated the feast of St. Camillus in Bucchianico (Chieti) and presided over the solemn procession with the ‘thaumaturge’ statue of the Saint, through the streets of the ancient village!
On the day on which the Church remembers St. Camillus De Lellis, Father Gianfranco Lunardon, Vicar General of the Camillians and Rector of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Campo Marzio, host of Monia Parente, draws a portrait of the universal patron saint of the sick and presents some of the activities that the Camillians carry out today in various situations of emergency and suffering.
On the occasion of the feast of the Apostle of the Apostles, Father Gianfranco Lunardon, Vicar General of the Camillians and Rector of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Campo Marzio, draws a portrait of the first witness of the resurrection of Jesus starting from the magisterium of Pope Francis. Interview by Monia Parente.
“Come, you blessed of my Father! Receive as an inheritance the kingdom that my Father has given you, prepared since the creation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you cured me; I was in prison and you visited me”. (Mt 25:34-36).
Father Kpiélé Hermann Somda (Burkina Faso Province)
In faith and Christian hope, the confreres of the Camillian Province of Burkina Faso entrust to our prayers of intercession, our confrere Father Kpiélé Hermann SOMDA, who died prematurely on Thursday 19th May 2022.
Father Hermann was born on 5 May 1984. He made his first profession on 7 September 2012 and solemn profession on 8 September 2015. He was ordained a priest on 1 July 2017. From 2017 to 2020 he was chaplain at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire National ‘Yalgado Ouédraogo’.
Since July 2020 he has been a missionary in our Camillian community in Pescara and was undergoing treatment for his illness in Rome.
Admitted to hospital in Pescara a few days ago, Fr Hermann, in trusting abandonment, answered God the Father’s final call, very early this morning at 4 a.m. (Italian time). “Blessed is the servant of the sick who consummates his life in this holy service”.
Father Josef Angerer (Austrian Province)
Comforted by the sacraments of faith he was serenely called to eternal peace!
Fr. Josef’s body will be laid to rest in the small chapel of the parish church in Brandenberg (Tyrol) on Thursday, 14th July 2022. The funeral celebration will take place on Saturday 16th July 2022 at 10 a.m. in the parish church of Brandenberg. Fr. Josef will be buried in the local cemetery in Brandenberg.
Fr Hilario Spader (Brazilian Province)
Hilário Spader was born in Encantado – RS, on 2 September 1932. He was the son of Archangel Spader and Maria Possebon Spader. He was baptised on 6 October 1932 and confirmed on 10 January 1936. He entered St Camillus Seminary in Iomerê – SC on 3 March 1945.
Hilario entered the novitiate on 7 December 1951 and made his first religious profession on 8 December 1952. He made his final profession in the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm on 2 February 1956. He was ordained a deacon on 21 December 1957 and a priest on 29 June 1958.
In his 70 years of consecrated life, Fr Hilario has been a formator and hospital chaplain. He was formator and teacher at St. Camillus Seminary in Villa Pompeia (1959-1962), where he was also provincial secretary; in Iomerê (1965); in Assis Chateaubreant (1966-1970), where he was also community superior; in Macapá (1984-1986), where he was also community superior; in Pinhais (1986-1989), where he was also community superior. As a chaplain he was in the Hospital do Servidor Público of São Paulo (1970-1976); in the hospitals of Santos (1977-1983), where he was also superior of the community of Santa Cruz; in the Hospital São Camilo e São Luiz of Macapá (1989-1995); in the Hospital São Camilo of Santana (1995-2013); and in the Recanto São Camilo Jaçanã (2013-2015).
Father Flavio Danzi (Northern Italian Province)
He was born on 5 August 1941 in Belfiore d’Adige (VR) to father Vittorio and mother Teresa Montanaro. On 4 October 1952 he entered the Seminary of Villa Visconta at Besana Brianza (MB) for Secondary School, continued in 1955 at Marchirolo (VA) with High School. On 25 September 1957 he entered the Novitiate at S. Giuliano in Verona, where he made his first profession on 26
September 1958, and then finished high school in Verona. In 1961 he was sent to the International College of St. Camillus in Marino (RM) to study theology, where he made his Solemn Profession on 25 December 1962 and where he received the Order of Diaconate on 5 December 1962 from Bishop Raffaele Macario. On 25 June 1966 in the church of the Hospital of B.go Trento in Verona he received the Order of Presbyterate from Mgr Giuseppe Carraro. In the years 1966-1969, in Rome, he obtained a licence in theology at the Gregorian and a degree in psychology at the Salesianum.
On 1 October 1969 he was sent to St Julian’s Formative House as assistant to theology students. On 1 October 1970 he moved to the House of Paradise, with the post of teacher at the San Zeno Theological Studio, at the Borgo Trento Hospital Boarding School and as consultant psychologist for the formation houses.
On 16 September 1971 he was transferred to the formation house in Castellanza (VA). On 1 December 1976 he was appointed chaplain at the Orthopaedic Trauma Centre (C.T.O.) in Milan. CONTINUES HERE
DECEASED RELIGIOUS DAUGHTERS OF SAINT CAMILLUS
We also remember in our prayers the Sisters Daughters of St. Camillus: