Posted On 2015-08-20 In Covenant Life

General Chapter in Schoenstatt decides Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio is elected as General Superior

Secular Institut of the Schoenstatt Fathers  •

The Argentine Schoenstatt Father, Father Juan Pablo Catoggio, Isch is the new General Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers Secular Institute. The 41 participants of the 5th General Chapter, who have been meeting since August 5th in Schoenstatt, elected him on August 20th to be the head of their Institute. Catoggio takes over from the German father, Heinrich Walter ISch, who held this office for 12 years. The 61 year old priest is the first Argentine to lead their community. The new General Superior was elected for a six year term of office. The election of the other fathers who will belong to Father Catoggio’s Council will happen in the coming days.

Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio was born on March 1, 1954 and entered the Schoenstatt Fathers’ novitiate in 1974. After his theological studies in Muenster (Germany) he was ordained to the priesthood on September 24, 1983 by Bishop Jorge Novak in “New Schoenstatt” (Florencio Varela, Argentina).

After a number of years working with the Schoenstatt Movement he was sent to Germany to take over the office of rector at the Community’s formation house in Muenster. From 2000 until the end of 2011 he bore the title of Regional Superior for the Institute’s “Father Region” with its central house in Florencio Varela (Argentina) and caring for the Community’s houses in Argentina, Paraguay, Italy and Nigeria. Beginning in 2014 Fr. Catoggio was living in Nigeria as the delegate for the Regional Superior, holding the responsibility for building up the Community in that African country.

Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, as part of his office as General Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers, will take over the office of the president of the General Presidium of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement.

 

On September 3, 2015 Pope Francis will receive the new General Superior and the participants in the General Chapter of the Schoenstatt Fathers in a private audience.

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4 Responses

  1. CONGRATULATIONS FR. JUAN PABLO. YOU ARE MORE THAN QUALIFIED TO LEAD SCHOENSTATT FATHERS INTERNATIONAL. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN YOU AND GIVE YOU THE GRACE TO DO THIS WORK AND MAY HE GRANT VOCATIONS TO THE SCHOENSTATT FATHERS. PRAYING FOR YOU FROM AUSTRALIA

  2. Dear Father Catoggio
    Congratulations on your appointment. May the Triune God be ever at your side to guard and guide you, and may our MTA enfold you in her loving mantle. Un forte abbraccio!

  3. Dear Father Juan Pablo:
    Congratulations with your new function in the Shoenstatt family.
    Fuerte abrazo
    Juan y Techi Pretel. Florencia, Antonio, Antonito, Felicitas, María, Germán, Maggie, Francisco y Juampi.

  4. Congratulations, Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio!

    Together with many others here in South Africa, we will pray for you and your mission as the new General Superior of the Schoenstatt Fathers. As you head the General Presidium, I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide your path and help you in all decisions, great and small, so that Schoenstatt, more and more, can become a witness to the Church and the World, as together with all Schoenstatt children, we live out our Covenant of Love. May Our Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt also protect you and entrust you daily to her Son, Jesus.

    Heartfelt greetings from South Africa!

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