The Capuchins' Choice
As we're here to fulfill all your Capuchin (and Conventual, OFM, Jesuit, Carmelite, Dominican, etc. etc.) needs, for those interested here is the fulltext of the just-released communique and the CV of the new Top Cap.
A Swiss friar becomes the new Minister General of the Capuchins
The General Chapter of the Capuchin Order presently meeting in Rome has elected Mauro Jöhri, Provincial of the Capuchin Swiss Province, as their new Minister General. Mauro is the successor of the Canadian, John Corriveau, who has guided the Order for twelve years.
The Capuchin General Chapter has been meeting in Rome now for a week. One hundred and seventy three capitulars represent eleven thousand Capuchins throughout the world. The most import item in the order of the day to this point has been that of electing a new Minister General to guide the Order for the next six years in the steps of Bro John Corriveau.
The present superior of the Swiss Capuchins, Bro Mauro Jöhri has been elected to this service. Bro Mauro was born 1 September 1947 at Bivio in the Canton of the Grison, which explains his love for the mountains and for climbing. He is fluent in the four Swiss languages of Italian, Ladin, German and French.
He first years at High School were in Faido (Ticino) and he entered the Capuchin Novitiate in 1964. He completed the first years of Theology in the institute of the Order in Solothurn. After priestly ordination in 1972, he continued his studies at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and at Tübingen, and then at the Theological Faculty of Lucerne, where he completed his theological studies with a doctorate in 1980. The theme of his doctorate was the Theology of the Cross in the works of Hans Urs von Balthasar. After his return to Southern Switzerland, he was Guardian in the Friary of Madonna del Sasso near Locarno. He worked as a religion teacher the state school of the town. For four years he has been president of the Commission of Pastoral Planning of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference. He has taught dogmatic and fundamental theology for ten years at the Theological Faculty of Coira, and for some years has been professor in the Theological Faculty of Lugano.
In 1989 the Capuchins elected him Superior of the Italian Region of Switzerland and in 1995 Provincial of the Swiss Capuchin Province. In this role he became president of the Union of Religious Superiors of Switzerland. On completing his provincialate he continued his ongoing formation at the Institut de formation humaine intégrale in Montréal, Canada. In 2005 the Swiss Capuchins elected him their Provincial again. This service finishes now before time because with his election as supreme guide of the international Capuchin Order, Mauro Jöhri will take up his new task immediately in the General Curia in Rome.
Bro Mauro Jöhri
Mauro Jöhri was born 1st September 1947 at Bivio in the Canton of the Grisons, which also explains his love for mountains and climbing. He is fluent is the four Swiss languages: Italian, Ladin, German and French.
In 1959 Mauro went to Faido (Ticino) and there completed the first five years of High School in the Capuchin Seminary. In 1964 he entered the Capuchin Order, in the Commissariate of Lugano at the time. He was sent to Novitiate in Arco, in the Trent Province. He then spent a year of study at Sondrio in the Milan Province. He completed the first years of Theology in the institute of the Order at Solothurn in Switzerland. After priestly ordination in 1972, he continued his theological studies at the Universities of Fribourg (Switzerland) and Tübingen, and then at the Theological Faculty of Lucerne.
In 1980 Mauro Jöhri obtained a doctorate at the Theological Faculty of Lucerne. His doctoral thesis – Descensus Dei – studied the theology of the Cross in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar. After his return to the region of Southern Switzerland (Ticino) of the Swiss Capuchin Province, he was Guardian at the friary of Madonna del Sasso near Locarno, and he worked as a religion teacher in the local state school. For four years he was president of the Pastoral Planning Commission of the Conference of Swiss Bishops. He has taught dogmatic and fundamental theology for ten years in the Theology Faculty of Coira, and for some years at the Theological Faculty of Lugano.
In 1989 the Capuchins elected Bro Mauro as Superior of the Capuchins in the Italian Swiss Region and in 1995 as Provincial of the Swiss Capuchin Province. During this office he was also president of the Union of Religious Superiors of Switzerland. On having completed this period of Provincialate, he continued his ongoing formation at the Institut de formation humaine intégral of Montréal in Canada. In 2005 the Swiss Capuchins elected him provincial again.
In 2004 the central government of the Capuchins called Bro Mauro to the Commission for the re-working of the Constitutions and Statutes of the Order.
Bro Mauro Jöhri has guided the Region of Southern Switzerland as Definitor for six years and as Provincial of the Swiss Capuchin Province also for six years. With his language and organising skills, as with his fraternal spirit he has contributed very much to the development and cohesion of the Swiss Capuchin Province with its multifaceted and rich cultural variety.