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The New Regional Councillor for Africa-Madagascar is Fr Américo Raúl Chaquisse


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Kolkata, Mar. 28. .   (ANS - Rome) - The 27th General Chapter has elected Fr Américo Raúl Chaquisse as the new Regional Councillor for Africa-Madagascar.  Until now Fr Chaquisse  has been Superior of the Vice-Province of Mozambique. He is the first African Councillor for the region and succeeds Fr Guillermo Basañes who was elected yesterday as Councillor for the Missions.

''I thank God, the confreres who accompanied me, and especially Mary Help of Christians, under whose protection I place myself, and I accept,'' the newly elected Councillor said.

Américo Raúl Chaquisse was born on 23 February 1966 in Maputo. He did his novitiate in his hometown and made ​​his first profession on 30 January 1986. He did his theological studies in Lubumbashi and was ordained  priest in Maputo on 11 August 1996.

He has held various positions in the Vice-Province: he was Council Member, Economer, Vice-Rector and  Rector of the provincial house, Casa Dom Bosco - Residencia. In 2006 he was appointed Economer and Delegate for Missionary Animation in Mozambique.

He participated in the 26th General Chapter and in June 2012 he became Superior of the Vice-Province of Mozambique. Since February 2013 he combined this office with that of Delegate for Evangelization.
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