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Two new Councillors: Fr Martoglio for Mediterranean region, and Fr Ploch for Inter-American region

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Kolkata, Mar. 29. .   ROME: The 27th General Chapter elected Fr Stefano Martoglio as the Councillor for the new Mediterranean region, and Fr Timothy Ploch as Councillor for the Inter-American region.
Fr Stefano Martoglio accepted the result of the election, trusting in the mercy of God and the prayers of the confreres. He has been until now Superior of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta.

Stefano Martoglio was born in Turin on 30 November 1965. He made ​​his first profession in 1985 and was ordained  priest in 1994.

He became Rector of the Mother House of the Congregation in Valdocco in 2004. In 2008 he was appointed Superior of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta.

Fr Martoglio is Councillor for the newly established Mediterranean region which was set up as a result of the decision taken by GC27 as part of the reconfiguration of the Salesian presence in Europe.

The new region consists of the Circumscription of Central Italy and that of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, together with the Italian provinces of Lombardy and Emilia, Southern Italy, North East Italy and Sicily, plus the Middle East, Portugal and the current Spanish provinces of Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Le�n, Madrid, Seville and Valencia.  These six provinces will be reduced to just two: Spain Central, North and East and Spain Mediterranean.

The other election which has produced a new Regional is for the Inter-American Region in the person of Fr Timothy Ploch.

Fr Ploch has been Provincial of the Western Province, USA until now. He succeeds Fr Esteban Ortiz who has completed a dual mandate and was not eligible for re-election to the same position.

Fr Ploch accepted his election and expressed the hope that he could continue the service given in this region by Fr Chavez and Fr Ortiz in the name of Don Bosco.

Timothy Ploch is a US citizen, born in 1946. He made his first profession in 1965 and was ordained priest in 1976.

He was Provincial in the Eastern Province of the United States (1991-1997), then Councillor and Delegate for the Salesian Family and for Social Communication  (2003-2006).

In 2009, the then Rector Major Fr Pascual Ch�vez appointed Fr Ploch as Provincial of the Western Province  USA.

He participated in the 22nd and 24th General Chapters  and, most recently, he was part of the pre-chapter Commission for GC27.

Source: ANS, Rome
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