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Monday, December 5, 2016
Missionaries of Africa elect new Superior General
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 Father Gérard Chabanon, 56, was elected the Superior General of the society of Missionaries of Africa during the society's 26th General Chapter going on in Rome last week. He will serve for the next six years (2004-2010). He succeeds Father François Richard whose mandate has ended. A native of France, Fr Chabanon was ordained priest on June 27, 1976. He did missionary service in Tanzania from 1976 till 1996, serving as curate, parish priest, Assistant Regional Superior and then Regional Superior for Tanzania and Kenya. He studied social development at St Francis Xavier University in Canada, and was for two years a member of the formation team for missionary candidates in London. In 1998, he returned to France as Provincial Superior, a post he held until his election as Superior General. The 26th General Chapter which opened on May 10, 2004 ends on June 15. Fourteen members from six African countries are among the 50 participants. The society of the Missionaries of Africa, formerly known as the White Fathers, was founded in Algeria in 1868 and currently has 1,700 members working under the aegis of bishops in 22 African and 18 other countries. Source: CISA
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