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Recent Elections

Recent Events




Fr Stephen Foster Re-elected Provincial.

Seen here in Bucchianico with Fr Tom O'Connor &

Fr Frank Monks 


Induction of the Provincial & 30th anniversary of



28 June 2013











General Chapter Photos 2013


Fr Frank Monks Brigid O'Brien Fr Tom O'Connor


Edward & Brigid O'Brien by the mortal remains of St Camillus


Fr Stephen by the effigy of St Camillus


the first Sunday Mass at the local Shrine in Rome. Mass

celebrated by Camillian Bishop, Prosper Kontiebo of Burkina Faso


Fr Stephen & Bishop Prosper - he will be coming to Ireland soon


Camillians arrive in Bucchianico, Saturday 11 May 2013


Frs Tom O'Connor, Stephen Foster & Frank Monks



Fr Renato Salvatore, Fr Frank Monks & the Mayor of Bucchianico


In session with the Mayor


Another part of the room




Listening to the Mayor


Fr Frank as President of the Chapter gives an interview to the

Bcchianico Press


Fr Stephen beside the war memorial in Bucchianico. 'All war is futile.'


Fr Stephen in the Valley of Hell, where St Camillus was

converted on 2 February 1575


The Valley of Hell


On the 2nd February 1575, Camillus de Lellis passed through here

and implored the mercy of the Lord. With tears he prayed,

'No more the world for me, no more the world.

Give me time to make reparation my Lord.'


Fr Tom O'Connor beside the plaque outside the room in which St

Camillus slept the night before his conversion.

Capuchin Monastery San Giovanni Rotondo


 Fr Stephen beside the plaque


the bed in the room where St Camillus slept


Statue depicting St Camillus' conversion


Time to leave San Giovanni Rotondo


Frs Sojan & Babychan


At the Chapter


Indians together. Frs Sojan, Jason, Babychan & Reji.

Behind Reji, Fr John Taoi of Vietnam

General Chapter 2013

General Chapter begins on Wednesday 1 May 2013.

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Friday 17 May Final Day. We conclude the final day business. We leave here tomorrow.

Thursday 16 May We elect the 3rd Consultor. Fr Albert Marques from Brazil. We also elect Bro. Sergo Didone, 4th Consultor.

Wednesday 15 May We continue today voting on the General Statutes. Not an easy task. We also elect the third Consultor. We elected Fr Hubert from Benin as secretary for Formation. Tomorrow morning we elect the 4th Consultor for Ministry.

Tuesday 14 May We continue voting on the General Statutes and today we elect the Vicar General. FR PAUL GUARISE ELECTED VICAR GENERAL

Monday 13 May Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Morning is devoted to voting on the amendments to the Constitution. At 5pm we elect the General.

Sunday 12 May After Mass we in St Padre Pio's chuch we have a civic reception. Following this we travel to the Valley of Hell where we visit the sight of Camillus' conversion

Saturday 11 May we go to Bucchianico for Mass and a civic reception. In the afternoon we travel to San Giovanni Rotondo.

Friday 10 May. Today we continued from yesterday. We continued with voting on the operational guidelines re the Camillian Project as well as voting on the motions of the Provinces and the Consulta. Unfortunately both the Anglo-irish Province motions were rejected.

Thursday 9 May Sadly today we learn Fr Shibin has died in Bangalore. RIP

Wednesday 8 May Today we selected the Definitorium. Fr Monks is president and the others are Frs Paleari, Gregotsch, Bro. Bermechio & Fr Brusco.

Tuesday 7 May. Today we broke into small groups to discuss the Consulta reports. We are slightly behind in the timetable. We ended the day with Mass celebrated by Cardinal Aris, from Brazil. A man who made a very good impression. Tomorrow we elect the Definitiorium.

Monday 6 May. Today we examine the reports of the General Consulta. A full day. More is needed. We end the day with a brief talk from Archbishop Symosky, President of the Pontifical Council for Helath Care Workers. Then Mass followed by evening meal. Tuesday sees the election of the Definitorium who will guide the Chapter's proceedings.

Sunday 5 May. Morning. We went to the sanctuary of the Divine Master with Mass celebrated by our Camillian Bishop, Prosper Kontiebo. Prosper has agreed to come to Ireland in August and September. This is excellent for us as we highlight the IV Centenary of the death of St Camillus. We look forward to welcoming him. We returned in the afternoon. Meanwhile I am burdened by Newcastle's relegation worries. Why do they do this to me and so many others. Or why do I allow this to affect me in such a way. Help me Lord.

Saturday 4 May. The morning session will deal with the reports of the Order, particularly the Status Ordinus - State of the Order. We continued the reports in the afternoon.

Friday 3 May. Morning saw an early trip for all to the Maddalena. We were given a tour of the house and church. We saw the bones and skull of St Camillus, his heart and a new effigy of the Saint. Photos to follow. Mass was celebrated by the Fr General Renato Salvatore at 11:30 during which we heard an inspired homily on St Camillus and his first followers at the beginnings of this Order. After lunch we parted company with our lay friends and we returned to Arricia to begin the Chapter proper to the members.

Thursday 2 May. We will focus in the morning secession on the IV Centenary celebrations. There are many initiaves and ideas in process to celebrate the Centenary. The afternoon session, we looked at communication as an institutional strategy of the Order worldwide. Tomorrow Friday, we visit the Generalate, the Maddalena.

Wednesday, 1 May begins with a day of prayer and reflection. Its the Feast of St Joseph, man of honour, and we are here reflecting on what we are about as chapter members; Camillians as we walk through our history and try to follow the example of St Camillus and his inspirational followers.

Our Lay Camillian members are with us for the first two days. Brigid OBrien represents the Lay Camillian Family. She is here with Frs Stephen, Frank & Tom. Pray for us.

Tuesday 30 April. Today we are overcome with sadness and shock at the sudden and untimely loss of two of our Kenyan Camillian confreres. Fr Richard, age 34, and Fr Stephen age 31 were both killed at one in the morning when they were hit by a bus. They were returning from a vocations conference and sadly the road is in a poor condition and possibly not all vehicles were well lit. Fr Stephen, the driver, was killed instantly. Fr Richard died while on his way to the hospital. i remember them both well from my stays in Kenya and their loss is tragic and a big loss for the Order. May they rest in peace. Amen. Fr Stephen



Bro. Gabriel Brady



Bro. Gabriel Brady

 Anglo-Irish Province


 24 March1923 to 25 March 2013

 Patrick (Paddy) Brady was born in the city centre of Dublin on 24th March 1923,

into a traditional Catholic family where faith in God and love of all things Irish were the guide lines for life.


He was one of seven children. Having qualified as a professional chef, his years of early adulthood

were spent working in some of the most prestigious hotels of the country. He himself would say:

“during those years I worked hard and played hard”. But at the age of 32 he responded to the call of God

and entered the Camillian community of Killucan. He made his profession on 1st May 1956,

changing his name to Gabriel as was the custom then. He choose Gabriel after the archangel, the messenger

of the Lord.


As a religious he was asked to run the kitchen of the school and community, and his skills are talked

about to this day. Killucan was probably the only boarding school/minor seminary in Ireland

where the boys never complained about or criticised the food. Gabriel was a professional who took as

much care with what he cooked for a young boy as he would for the President.

And in his life he did both. Profession days in Killucan in those years are remembered

by all the families of our religious because of his culinary skills.


He was loved by the children of the neighbourhood who came to see his talking bird

and other animals, and inevitably be fed them with ever available goodies.


During the changeover period when Killucan took a new direction and closed the school

to open a Nursing Home he was given a sabbatical from the kitchen. This afforded him the opportunity

to fulfil one of his two ambitions. He went to France for a year to learn French.

He spent the year in Bry-Sur-Marne, and would remain in contact with the religious there to the end of his days.


On his return to Ireland to run the kitchen of the new Nursing Centre he established

a very active Mission Support Group in the local community. This indirectly led to the fulfilment

a few years later of his second dream of being a missionary on foreign soil. He went to work

with the Kenyan Delegation in Tabaka and Nairobi, and only returned to Ireland years later

when his brothers Joe and Kevin died, as he felt a certain responsibility towards his two aging sisters

and wished to be stationed near them. While in Kenya he worked in the hospital in Tabaka,

both on the wards and on the mobile clinic, and later he spent years as chaplain to the Kenyata

and surrounding hospitals. He served on the council of the delegation. On his return he cared

for his ailing sisters with a passion, while still playing a very active role in the community.


In his final years his eyesight failed badly and he had to give up driving,

but this did not impede his independence as he battled manfully with public transport.


His last months were not easy due to very serious health problems but he faced them stoically.

No doubt he was helped greatly with this by the fact that he was lovingly cared for

in the Killucan community by his confreres, as this was his wish.


Gabriel was a man of God deeply committed to prayer. Whatever task he was assigned

was carried out with total commitment. The vows he took were lived with honestly and integrity.

He was a strong character who was never slow to let one know what he thought,

and this was not always understood by those who preferred to avoid any form of confrontation.

He led a very simple and austere life, and his room after his death was the easiest one

we ever had to tidy up, as there was little or nothing there. He will have had no difficulty

passing through the eye of the needle on his way into Heaven as little or no baggage had been accumulated

along the path of life.


On the day before he died he celebrated his 90th birthday. He requested confession and

that a tribute to Our Lady be placed on the altar at his mass of thanksgiving. He was

delighted to receive the sacrament of the sick during the mass. He died early the next morning.

 He is the only religious of the Anglo-Irish province to have reached the age of 90. He will be missed.


Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis.



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