The General Consulta

The General Consulta

‘For effective government of the Oder, at least four general consultors are elected, as established by the general statutes, to assist the superior general in carrying out his duties. Together with him they form the general consulta, and they assist him by consultative or deliberative vote according to the statutes and traditions of the Order. As consultors they have no jurisdiction over the houses of persons of the Order’ (Constitution,  n. 99).

Father Leocir Pessini, Superior General

Padre PessiniFather Leocir Pessini was born on 14 May 1955 in Joaçaba, a city of the State of Santa Caterina in Brazil. He has lived for twenty years in San Paolo. His family has Italian origins.

He made his first profession in 1975, his perpetual profession in 1978, and he was ordained a priest in 1980.

After graduating in philosophy at the ‘Nostra Signora Assunta’ University of San Paolo in Brazil and in theology at the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome, he specialised in clinical pastoral education in the United States of America at Milwaukee. He took his doctorate in moral theology and bioethics at the Pontifical Catholic University of San Paolo and recently completed a master’s degree at the centre for Bioethics of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania (EUA).

He is Vice-Rector of the St. Camillus University Centre of San Paolo and President of Camillian Organizations, which brings together fifty-six Brazilian hospitals

From 1981 to 1994 he was chaplain at the Hospital das Clínicas (HCFMUSP) and at that time he helped Tancredo Neves (who died in 1985), the first civilian president of Brazil after twenty-one years of military dictatorship. In 1993 and 1997 he was coordinator of pastoral care in health for the CNBB (the National Bishops’ Conference) of Brazil. At the same time he was a councillor, as a representative of the CNBB, of the National Health Council of the Ministry of Health.

From 1993 to 1997 he was Superior of the students of theology at the Major Seminary of Ipiranga in San Paolo. From 1997 to 2010 he was superintendent and administrator of the Camillian Union (USC) of San Paolo. The USC brings together all the health-care education work of Camillians in Brazil.

From 2010 to 2014 he was Provincial and President of Camillian Organisations in Brazil which brings together seven juridical bodies of a philanthropic character that work in the field of health-care and social assistance and education. This entity in Brazil involves a network of 56 hospitals, with about 21,000 workers of various kinds, 6,000 beds, 15,000 students, as well as 10 parishes, 18 communities and 2 delegations in Bolivia and in Milwaukee in the United States of America

Since 1994 he has been a member of the support team in pastoral care in health for the CELAM (Latin American Bishops’ Council). He cooperated in the drawing up of the guidelines entitled ‘Disciples and Missionaries in the World of Health and Pastoral Care in Health’  for all the bishops’ conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since 2010 he has been the President of the Brazilian Society of Moral Theology.

A member of the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM), he is a member of its technical commission on palliative care. He is also a member of the Editorial Council of the journal of the CFM.

In the academic field, his doctoral thesis was on exaggerated treatment and was translated into Spanish, Croat and English. He is the author of more than 300 scholarly articles on  ethics, bioethics, the humanisation of care and pastoral care in health which have been published in scholarly journals in Brazil and abroad. He has also taken part in about 167 licence thesis commissions and 74 bioethics doctoral thesis commissions over the last fifteen years.

He is the author and co-author of more than forty publications on ethics, bioethics, pastoral care in health and the humanisation of care, with translations in Spanish and English. He recently published Bioética, Cuidado e Humanização, in three volumes, to commemorate the fourth centenary of the death of St. Camillus de Lellis. For twenty years he has worked with the review Famiglia Cristiana, a monthly publication, on questions of bioethics, the ethics of health, humanisation and pastoral care in health.

At the present time he is editor of two scholarly reviews: O Mundo da Saúde, which has been published continuously for 39 years, and Bioetikó. Both are published by the St. Camillus University Centre of San Paolo. At the level of management, he is the creator and publisher of the review São Camilo Brasil, which has been published every two months since 2010 and has the aim of supporting all the activities of Camillians in the educational, hospital and social assistance fields.

Father Laurent Zoungrana, Vicar General

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFather Laurent Zoungrana was born on 11 March 1956 inLelgom, Burkina Faso.

From 1974 to 1975 he was a novice at the Juvénat Saint Camille of Ouagadougou. From 1975 to 1978 he went to the Inter Séminaire de Kossoghen in the same city and from 1978 to 1979 he attended the Collège de la Salle. He studied philosophy from 1979 to 1981 at the Saint Jean Baptiste of Ouagadougou and theology from 1981 to 1985 at Saint Pierre-Claver de Koumi–Bobo Dioulasso. He then studied spirituality at the PontificalGregorianUniversity of Rome in 1987-1989.

He made his first religious profession on 8 September 1975 inOuagadougou and was ordained a priest on 6 July 1985 in Koupéla.

He provided formation at the Juvénat Saint Camille of Ouagadougou  from 1985 to 1987 and did the same and was also Superior at the Scolasticat Saint Camille of the same city from 1989 to 1995 and from 2001 to 2007.

Father Zoungrana has held the following posts: General Consultor of the Camillians from 1995 to 20111; Superior of the ‘Rebuschini’ community of Rome from 1998 to 2001; Camillian Provincial Delegate in Burkina Faso from 2001 to 2006; chaplain in the prison of Ouagadougou (m.a.c.o.) from 2001 to 2007; first president of the Prsf-Burkina (Prisoniers sans frontière du Burkina) from 2003 to 2006; member of the coordinating body of  ‘Mater Cristi’ in Africa from 2004 to 2007; Camillian Vice-Provincial of Burkina Faso from 2006 to 2007; and chaplain of the hospital of Chieto and Superior of the community from 2007 to 2010.

From 2010 onwards he was responsible for formation and Superior of the Camillian Studentate of Rome before being elected the new Vicar General of the Order.

Br. Josè Ignacio Santaolalla Sàez, General Consultor 

copertina consultoreBrother José Ignacio Santaolalla was born on 19 December 1966 in Carrias, in the province of Burgos (Spain). On 1 October 1978 he entered the Camillian seminary of Navarrete (La Rioja). After passing the entrance examination to university, on 18 September 1984 he began his novitiate at Sant Pere de Ribes (Barcelona).

He made his first profession on 15 September 1985 and his perpetual profession on 4 October 1992 at Tres Cantos (Madrid).

After his baccalaureate in theology at the Pontifical University of Comillas (Madrid), he took his licence in the theology of pastoral care in health at the Camillianum of Rome with a thesis entitled ‘The Therapeutic Dimension of Agents of Pastoral Care in Health’.

He graduated in business administration at the Autonomous University of Madrid and was awarded a master’s degree in the management of social centres for elderly people at the Pablo de Olavide University (Seville).

He supplemented his formation and experience in the field of management, accounting and administration with the provision of direct care to sick people.

He has also engaged in activities as an auxiliary nurse and held various positions within the Order: administrator of the Centre for the Humanisation of Health (1993), teacher of temporary professed (1998), Superior of the community of Tres Cantos (2000), Provincial councillor and financial administrator (2001), Superior and Director of the ‘St. Camillus’ old people’s home in Seville (2001), Vice-President of the Council of the ‘Hospital Sant Camil’ Foundation of Sant Pere de Ribes (2002), and member of the council of the St. Camillus Care Foundation of Tres Cantos (2003).

In 2003 he was elected president of LARES Andalucía (the Association of Andalusia for Homes and Services for the Elderly) and in 2009 he was elected president of LARES National Federation with its headquarters in Madrid.

In 2006 he contributed to the joint publication ‘Ageing: autonomia o dipendenza, ma con la qualità di vita (‘Ageing: Autonomy or Dependence, but with Quality of Life’) published by  Dykinson of Seville in 2006 with an article on ‘Umanizzazione  nei centri geriatrici’ (‘Humanisation in Geriatric Centres’).

In 2010 he was appointed Provincial councillor and financial administrator of the Province of Spain and Superior of the religious community of Tres Cantos (Madrid).

In 2013 these offices were renewed until he was appointed on 19 June 2014 a General Consultor of the Order.

Father Aris Miranda, General Consultor

ARIS COPERTINAFather Aris Miranda was born in Maribojoc, Bohol in the Philippines, on 3 September 1967. He graduated in philosophy at the St. Camillus College Seminary (1988) and in theology at the Loyola School of Theology of the Philippines (1994). He obtained a licence in the theology of pastoral care in health at the Camillianum of Rome and a licence in the social sciences at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

His religious formation began in 1984; he made his temporary profession in 1990 and took perpetual vows in 1994. In the same year he became a deacon and was ordained a priest.

He was responsible for formation for ten years (1994-2004) and during the same period he was secretary, financial administrator and then rector of the St. Camillus College Seminary. From 1998 to 2001 he was a councillor of the Province of the Philippines and then from 2004 to 2006 he was the director of the St. Camillus Calbayog Hospital.

Since 2011 he has been coordinator of the Camillian Task Force, an international humanitarian organisation of the Order of the Ministers of the Sick.

Father Gianfranco Lunardon, General Consultor

lunardon COPERTINAFather Gianfranco Lunardon, from Padua, was born in April 1971. In November 1981, at the age of ten, he met in his parish Camillian religious from the neighbouring community of Rossano–Mottinello (Vicenza). Because he knew them and because of their friendship, he went to secondary school (1982-1985) at the Camillian seminary of Mottinello.

After these three years of study, he alternated his studies with animation and catechesis in his parish as well as social voluntary work. He went to upper school in Bassano del Grappa (Vi) and after receiving his school leaving certificate he went to the University of Padua when in 1993 he graduated in mathematics with a specialisation in economic statistics.

In the same year he began his postulandate at the Camillian community of ‘S. Giuliano’  (Verona) and at the same time he studied philosophy and theology at the ‘S. Zeno’ Theological College of Verona.

He did his novitiate a the community of Capriate S. Gervasio (Bg) and in September 1995 made his first religious profession. He continued his formation with the religious of the ‘S. Giuliano’ community where in March 1999 he celebrated his perpetual consecration with the profession of religious vows. In April of the same year he was ordained a deacon in the cathedral of Verona. In September of the same year he began his work as chaplain at the ‘G.B. Rossi’ Polytechnic of Verona and he held this post for two years.

In March 200 he obtained his baccalaureate in theology at the ‘S. Zeno’ Theological College of Verona which is affiliated to the PontificalLateranUniversity. In June 2000 Father Flavio Roberto Carraro ofm.cap., the Bishop of Verona, ordained him a priest.

From September 2001 onwards he combined pastoral activity as a religious assistant at the ‘L. Sacco’ Hospital of Milan with attending the Faculty of Theology of  Northern Italy for his licence with a specialisation in fundamental moral theology. He continued his studies in Milan, after his transfer from the chaplaincy of the Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli of Bologna as well.

After three years as Superior at the House of Spirituality of  Mottinello, he was appointed head of the ‘Casa Rebuschini’ community of Rome. He obtained a licence in moral theology at the ‘Alfonsiana’ Institute with a thesis on ‘The Meaning of Suffering and the Task of the Conscience’. At the same institute he is presently studying for a research doctorate, once again in the field of moral and anthropological thought.

Until the recent Extraordinary General Chapter of June 1914 he lived in Bologna at the ‘S. Michele in Bosco’ Parish, engaging in religious assistance with a religious brother at the Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli of  Bologna.