Benoît Grière, Superior General
Born on May 22, 1958 in Chauny (Aisne), he did his secondary studies at Épernay (Marne) athe Brothers of Christian Schools (Saint John Baptist de la Salle) when his parents settled in Champagne.
He then continued his studies in Medicine at Rheims in 1976 specializing in nutrition. After his doctorate in medicine in 1985, he did his "cooperation" in Dakar (Senegal) as student-researcher at Orstom
in the nutrition sector (1985-1986).
He had thought of the priesthood for a long time, and began preparing for it by studying philosophy in the GFU (Groupe de Formation Universitaire – University Formation Group). (1981-1987) and entered the Rheims major seminary (1987-1989) and entered the Assumption in 1989 as a postulant in the community of rue François Ier. In September 1990 he entered the novitiate at Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine and pronounced his first vows on September 21 the following year at Bonnelles. In 1993 he finished his license in theology at the Institut Catholique of Paris. He made his final vows on September 10 1994 at Saint Pierre de Chaillot in Paris. Ordained deacon on December 13 1994, Benoît was ordained a priest on June 4, 1995 by the Bishop of his diocese, Bishop Bardonne. After a brief stay in the community of Lille, he was sent to Madagascar (1995-1999) he worked at organizing doctors for the bush country all the while being responsible for a center for child nutrition. Health coordinator for the diocese of Tulear, he became, in 1999, professor of theology at the Seminary of Fianarantsoa, while being at the same time pastor of a parish, prison doctor and responsible for a Center of Nutritional Rehabilitation. In 1998 he becomes a member of the Ethics Committee of the Catholic Church of Madagascar. First Assistant Provincial in 1999, in charge especially of Bayard Presse (2002-2005), he became Provincial Superior in 2005.
Since 2005 he was Superior of the Province of France of the Augustinians of the Assumption that has today 252 religious in 41 communities in France but also in Eastern Europe, in Italy (Florence), in the Near East, in Africa (Togo) and in Asia (Korea, Vietnam) Fr. Benoît Grière is a Knight of the National Order of Merit (France).
His favorite hobby: reading murder mysteries. Will he have time for that in his new post? In an interview for the journal "Brèves" of Bayard in November 2009, when he as asked to define the Assumptionists, he answered: "We are men of communion: we live in a society to promote all that brings people together; we are men who propose faith in Jesus Christ; men who try to witness to their faith, men of dialogue; we are in solidarity with human frailty and weakness. We support the littlest of our human brothers".
In order to give a strong sign, the Superior General takes personal charge of the African continent, since this continent today carries the human hopes and vitality of the Congregation. Benoît Grière Superior General The General Chapter in electing the tenth Superior General in the person of Fr. Benoît Grière, has The General Council given him an international team of animation; as first assistant and Vicar General, a Congolese already a member of the precious curia, Fr. Emmanuel Kahindo Kihugho; an American, Fr. John Lee Franck ; a Chilean, Fr. Marcelo Marciel; and two Frenchmen, Brother Didier Remiot in charge of the General Treasury and Fr. Bernard Le Léannec as Secretary and Procurator General.
Emmanuel Kahindo KIHUGHO
He was born on December 21, 1965 at Kitahombo in the diocese of Butembo (RDC).
He went to school in Beni-Paida from 1978 to 1984. He entered novitiate on August 22, 1985 and made his first religious profession on September 16, 1986 and his final vows on October 31, 1992 in Kinshasa after having had his first missionary experience in 1989- 1990 in the Ivory Coast in the community of Grand-Bassam. Returning to the Congo for his theological studies, he was ordained deacon at Kinshasa on April 17, 1994. From 1994 to 1998, he was in Rome to prepare his diploma in Exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and in Jerusalem. After a period in the parish of Kasando he was ordained on February 11, 1999 at Beni Paida. In 2000 he was named director of formation in the Province of Africa and taught exegesis and Biblical languages in Kinshasa and then in Nairobi until July 2004. Since 2005 he is Assistant General. He was the only former council member to be reelected, and was elected Vicar General. As Vicar General Father Emmanuel becomes a Major Superior in our Congregation. He has been put more particularly in charge of the European zone and the Oriental Mission. This responsibility aims to put in place the new Province of Europe for 2014.
Born on June 30, 1958 in Kolwezi (RDC), he is the eldest of five children and lived the greater part of his youth in Belgium.
In 1981 he became an engineer in aeronautical construction; in 1982 he received a Master of Science in air transportation from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Boston, United States. He entered the novitiate in Boston and pronounced his first vows on September 28, 1987 and his perpetual vows on September 22, 1990. From 1987 to 1995 he worked as an aeronautical engineer and obtained his canonical baccalaureate in theology from the Institut Catholique of Paris.
From 2005 to 2008 he worked at Bayard in the financial sector (control of the administration of the international subsidiaries, acquisition of companies, and international development). Then as assistant provincial and treasurer, he supervised the project of the Vietnamese foundation whose language he speaks and in Paris he leads the foundation of the Youth Hostel Adveniat installed in rue François er.
As Assistant General, Brother Didier, because of his vast international experience, will oversee the whole of the present North American Province.
The Smile of Youth Among the youngest to become a member of the General Council in many years, Marcelo was born in Santiago (Chile) on December 28, 1973.
He discovered the Assumption through the Sanctuary of Lourdes of the Chilean capital. After his studies at the lycée of Santiago and his postulancy in the "Robert Kennedy" community, he continued his philosophy training at the CONFERRE and entered the novitiate of Pomaire where the Father Master was at that time Fr. Julio Navarro. He made his first religious profession on January 18, 1997 and pronounced his perpetual vows on the feast of the Annunciation in 2000. On November 25 of the same year, he was ordained deacon by Bishop Pablo Lizama, Vicar of the Armies, and ordained priest on October 20 2001 by Bishop Tomislav Koljatic, then auxiliary bishop of Concepcion. He then did youth ministry in Lota and in 2003 he was at the parish of “El Golf” of which he soon became pastor.
Since 2009, he was at the parish of "San Ana" of Rengo of which he was already pastor for two months. He was the first assistant of the Provincial of Chile-Argentina since last October. In the Council, Fr. Marcelo is responsible to oversee the Oriental Mission and the Vice Province of Madagascar.
Father Franck was born on April 24, 1947 in Wilkinsburg in the diocese of Pittsburg in Pennsylvania.
From 1961 till 1965, he studied at the Assumptionist Cassadaga Minor Seminary and from 1965 to 1967 he was at Assumption College in Worcester. He began his novitiate on August 27, 1967 and made his first vows on August 28, 1968 in Worcester and his final vows exactly six years later at the same place. On August 29, 1974, that is the next day he was ordained deacon and was ordained a priest in Fiskdale on May 14, 1977. He became Provincial of North America on June 1, 1996. Fr. John Franck possesses a rich experience in education. For many years he worked at the Worcester College as Director of Student Life. For some years he was Master of Novices and responsible for formation. He also did parish work. He also has a great knowledge of the various parts of the North American Province (USA, Canada, Mexico and the Philippines). At the moment of his election, he was superior of Emmanuel House in Worcester.
A perfect polyglot and great connoisseur of the Hispanic world, Fr. John Franck is more particularly charged with supervising the Latin-American Provinces (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador).
Bernard Le Léannec
Elected Secretary General and renamed Procurator General.
He assumed the post of Procurator General in the community of Rome since the Council of the Congregation of June 2009. This Breton of sixty years of age was called by the General Chapter to succeed Fr. Lucas Chuffart. Bernard Le Léannec, former alumnist of Saint Maur, after having worked in a factory in Germany for a year, did his novitiate and his studies in Strasbourg (Master of Theology ad Doctorate in Canon Law). After his ordination in 1978, he as an assistant at the parish of Bordeaux and then became a journalist at "La Croix". In 1989 before the fall of communism, he left for Russia. After having spent a year at the Monastery of the Trinity near Moscow, he went to the Russian capital where he would be pastor of Saint Louis des Français until January 1, 2009.
After the chapter of 2005, the Provincial of France named him provincial delegate for the Mission of the Orient. In 2007 the French authorities honored the Assumption by conferring the distinction of Knight of the Legion of Honor on Fr. Bernard.