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XV President General International of the Society of St Vincent de Paul
The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is an international lay catholic charitable organization. The entire SSVP international structure is at the service of 146 countries through 47,000 Conferences and 7,16,000 members worldwide.
On May 28, 2010, the Extraordinary General Assembly of the SSVP was held at Salamanca in Spain. 146 Vincentian countries were represented to elect a new International President General for the Society for the period 2010 – 2016. The ceremony began with concelebrated Holy Mass by His Eminence Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, President of the Pontifical Council Co Unum, Rome, who was the main Celebrant.. His Eminence spoke on “practicing charity” and thus realizing Blessed Frederic Ozanam’s dream who said “I would like to embrace the whole world in a network of charity”
Jose Ramon Diaz Torremocha of Spain, who completed 11 years as the International President, was honoured by His Holiness when he received St Gregory’s medal from His Eminence Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes
Michael Thio, of Singapore was elected the 15th International President General of the Society, from the four candidates nominated. He is the first Asian to hold this office of the Council General International and will assume office in September 2010 on the feast day of St Vincent de Paul.
After inaugral address the President elect appointed his office bearers which are as follows.
Brian O'Reilly - Senior Vice-President.
Bruno Menard - Secretary General.
Liam Fitzpatrick - Treasurer General.
Asst. Vice-President and other Board Members will be announced in due course.
Mr. Dominic Pinto Presented Shawl to the newly elected XV International President General Mr. Michael Thio on behalf of the National Council of India.
The National Treasurer Mr. Dominic Pinto with the outgoing President General Jose Ramon Diaz Torremocha.
The National Treasurer Bro. Dominic Pinto with the President of National Council of Australia at Salamanca.