RMG - Appointed new Provincials of Lombardy-Emilia, Portugal, East United States

09 June 2017

(ANS - Rome) - In the course of the summer plenary session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his Council, appointed the Provincials of two Provinces of the Mediterranean region: Fr Giuliano Giacomazzi, for Italy Lombardo-Emiliana (ILE), and Fr José Aníbal Milhais Pinto Mendonça, for Portugal (POR), as well as Fr Timothy Zak for East United States Province (SUE).

Don Giacomazzi was born in Milan on January 7, 1967; between 1987 and 1988, he performed his Novitiate at Pinerolo, made his perpetual vows on 11 September 1994 in Sesto San Giovanni, and was ordained a priest in Milan on 19 June 1999.

On completing his Theological Studies in Cremisan, Israel, he acted as Councillor of the Provincial Center (2006-2008), Director of the works in Parma (2008-2013). He currently holds the position of Director at Sesto San Giovanni.

For the ILE Inspectorate, he was Delegate of Missionary Animation (2004-2006 and 2011-2012), Youth Pastoral, and the Salesian Youth Movement and Association (2006-2008).

Fr Milhais Pinto Mendonça was born on 10 July 1967, in Murça, Portugal. He performed the Novitiate in Vilarinho between 1984 and 1985, made perpetual vows on July 18, 1992 in Vila do Conde, and was ordained a priest in Porto on July 10, 1994.

He worked in Manique at two different periods (1994-95 and 2000-2003); between 1995 and 2000, he was Vicar and Bursar in Porto, then Director in Poiares da Régua (2003-2009). In 2014, he returned to Manique as Director, a position he still holds.

At the Provincial level, he served as Delegate for Youth Pastoral (2009-2015), Sports Animation (2009-2011) and Pastoral Vocation (2001-2015).

Fr Giacomazzi takes the lead of the ILE Province from Fr Claudio Cacioli, while Don Milhais Pinto Mendonça will be assuming the role of Inspector POR, succeeding Fr Artur Pereira; both new nominees will perform their six-year mandate between 2017-2023.

Don Zak was born 16 November 1962 in Stoughton, Massachussets, USA. He performed his Novitiate in Newton between 1982 and 1983, made his perpetual vow on 19 August 1989 in Port Chester, and was ordained priest in Boston on 26 May 1991.

After working in various Provincial centers, he was appointed Provincial of the Oratory in Orange (2005-2007), Provincial and parson in Chicago, (2007-2013), Vicar, parson and Provincial at Santo Rosario of Port Chester (2013-2015).

In 2015 he was appointed Vicar of the United States East Province.


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