Father Paolo Sottopietra. Photo by Leonora Giovanazzi

Fraternity of Saint Charles: Superior General Confirmed

The general assembly of the Missionaries of Saint Charles has re-elected Fr. Paolo Sottopietra as its superior general. Also nominated were Fr. Emanuele Silanos as vicar, and Fr. Andrea D’Auria and Fr. Stefano Tenti as advisors.

The second six-year mandate as superior general of the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo has just begun for Fr. Paolo Sottopietra. It was voted upon by the Fraternity’s general assembly gathered on May 6-12 in Madonna della Corona, the Marian sanctuary in the Diocese of Verona overhanging the Adige valley. “I am grateful for the esteem of my brothers who have asked me to continue guiding and accompanying them,” commented Sottopietra. “The meaning of our life was set in our encounter with Christ. We want to live for Him and tell everyone what happened to us. This is why we ‘spread’ all over the world.”

Originally from Stenico, Trentino, Sottopietra was first nominated superior general in 2013, when Fr. Massimo Camisasca, founder of the Fraternity of St. Charles, became bishop of the diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla.

Along with Sottopietra, at the Madonna della Corona were also elected Fr. Emanuele Silanos as new vicar general, and Fr. Andrea D’Auria and Fr. Stefano Tenti as advisors.

Today the Fraternity of St. Charles counts 135 priests and 32 seminarians. Their houses are present in seven Italian dioceses, nineteen nations, and four continents.