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Australian Marist to join Order's General Council in Rome

Local Marist Brother Peter Rodney is headed to Rome for the next eight years after being elected to the Order's General Council.

Br Peter is one six councillors elected in the final week of the six week General Chapter of 117 delegates from 70 countries which wound up recently in Rome.

Also elected were American Br Sean Sammon, as superior general, and Spain's Br Luis Garcia Sobrado, vicar general.

Br Peter told The Catholic Weekly: "It's great to be part of that team (with the new superior general and vicar general). They're great and talented men in their respective ways."

He joins Br Emili Turu (Spain), Br Antonio C Ramalho de Azevedo (Brazil), Br Juan Pedro Herreros (Chile), Br Theoneste Kalisa Ruhando (Congo) and Br Maurice Berquet (France) on the council.

Their task will take them across the world for eight months of the year with the rest of their time taken up by bi-annual plenary council meetings.

"I think the whole breadth of the role is something that's starting to hit home," Br Peter said. "It's a long time to be away from my home province."

Br Peter heads to Rome just after Christmas. His first task is to learn Spanish which, with English, is the official language of the council. More than half of the Marist Order emanates from the Spanish speaking world.

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