Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Shalom Catholic Community elected its new General Council on this Thursday, August 29, 2019. The election took place during the General Assembly of the Community. The new General Council framework is made up of dedicated members of Life and Covenant Community who will assist the Founder and Moderator of the Community for the next six years.
From this date on, the General Council will have the following composition:
1. Founder and General Moderator: Moysés Louro de Azevedo
2. Co-Founder: Maria Emmir Oquendo Nogueira
Elected Life Community Members:
3. Jeovana Freitas Alves
4. Fr. Cristiano Pinheiro Campelo Bede
5. Fr. Silvio André Correia Scopel
6. Victor Sá Cysne Frota
Elected Covenant Community Members:
7. Adalgisa Maria de Matos Sá
8. Antônia Dilce Rodrigues Feijão
9. Enne Karol Venancio de Sousa
10. Eric Buarque de Lima
11. General Assistant: João Edson Oliveira Queiroz
12. General Treasurer : Leandro Zanandrea Formolo
13. Apostolic Assistant: Gabriella Márcia Dias Rocha
14. Missionary Assistant: Kleber Cosme Marinho
15. General Formator: Angélica Cunha Teixeira
16. Priest Responsible for Priestly Formation: Fr. Francisco Denys Lima
The Ordinary General Assembly is held every six years. In it, the members of the General Council are elected for the successive six years.
“The General Council shall consist of two lifelong members, nine elected members, and six appointed members. Lifelong members are Founder and Co-Founder. The elected members are the General Moderator, four members of Life Community, and four members of the Covenant Community. Appointed members will be the General Assistant, the General Treasurer, the Priest in charge of the Priestly Formation of the Community, the General Formator, the Apostolic Assistant and the Missionary Assistant. The General Moderator shall appoint them after submitting a list of names for approval by a majority of 2/3 of the lifelong and elected members of the Council during the General Assembly. After the appointment, the chosen members shall be presented to the members of the General Assembly, thus completing the entire Council. If the Community has already elected a member appointed during the General Assembly, it shall elect a replacement.” (Statutes, 167)
During the Assembly, the elected General Council appointed the new Youth Advisor. The life community missionary, Bertrand Wadih, will take over the Youth Office in October 2019. The decision was announced by the Founder and General Moderator Moysés Azevedo, who explained that the choice was made to consolidate the internationalization of the Community. Although the Youth Advisor is not part of the General Council, Moysés explained that the Statutes opens to the possibility for invited members to attend some meetings of the General Council.
We entrust the fruits of this day to the Virgin Mary, the Queen of Peace; to our patrons, St. Francis and St. Teresa of Avila and to St. John Paul II. We ask each one of you to join the saints in intercession for these brethren who will be at the service of the community body at the General Council and for this new time in our lives.
João Edson Oliveira Queiroz
First Secretary of the General Assembly