Friar Michael Anthony Perry OFM has been elected Minister General of the Franciscan Order.

He was chosen as the 120th successor of St Francis by the General Council and the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the various conferences of the Order at an assembly that took place in the General Curia in Rome on 22 May.

He succeeds our brother now Archbishop José Rodrígiez Carballo, OFM, who was appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican position of Secretary of the Congregation of Religious.

Born in Indianapolis (USA) in 1954, Michael was serving as Vicar General of the Order.  He was Minister Provincial of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province (USA). He served his Province in Theological Formation, Post-Novitiate Formation, International JPIC work and for ten years he worked in the Missions (Democratic Republic of Congo). He served also with the Catholic Relief Services and in the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He is the first Minister General of the Order to hold an Irish passport!

May the Spirit of the Lord guides our brother as he gives leadership to some 15,000 friars in 130 countries.