Father James Vincent Marchionda, O.P. was elected the Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Albert the Great, U.S.A. Master General of the Order of Preachers, Father Bruno Cadoré, O.P. confirmed the election of the capitulars of the 19th Provincial Chapter.
Following days of discerning the needs of the Province, and an open dialogue to articulate community hopes and dreams, the Chapter delegates gathered in Saint Louis, Missouri, elected Fr. Marchionda the 12th Prior Provincial in its 76-year history. Seeking a renewal and strengthening of common life, a desire that all members of the Province embrace a deeper unity of life, mission, and ministry within and among themselves, and the discovery of new ways of evangelizing, the Chapter delegates determined that Fr. Marchionda was the fitting choice to lead at this time in the Province’s history.
Please join the Friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great, U.S.A. in appreciation and gratitude for the service of Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P., whose term as Provincial has ended. Please also join us in prayer and celebration for the newly elected Prior Provincial!
To assist Fr. Marchionda in the leadership of the Central Province, seven friars were elected to the Provincial Council, joining the new Prior Provincial (Marchionda), the past Provincial (Fr. Bouchard), and the Regent of Studies (yet to be confirmed), by nature of their position. Father David Wright, O.P. (Denver), Fr. Kevin Niehoff, O.P. (Grand Rapids, MI), Fr. Leobardo Almazan, O.P. (St. Louis), Br. Paul Byrd, O.P. (River Forest), Fr. Jim Spahn, O.P. (Minneapolis, MN), Fr. Simon-Felix Michalski, O.P. (Madison), and Fr. Tom O’Meara, O.P. (Madison) represent a wide range of Dominicans charged with leading the Central Province for the next four years.
Fr. David Wright, O.P.
Fr. Kevin Niehoff, O.P. (Syndic)
Fr. Leobardo Almazan, O.P.
Br. Paul Byrd, O.P.
Fr. Jim Spahn, O.P.
Fr. Simon-Felix Michalski, O.P.
Fr. Tom O’Meara, O.P.
Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P., past Provincial
Fr. Louis Morrone, O.P., Socius
Fr. Jim Marchionda, O.P., Prior Provincial
Regent of Studies (yet to be confirmed)
19th Provincial Chapter Delegates
Blessed Sacrament Priory (Madison, WI): Fr. Simon-Felix Michalski, O.P. (Prior), Fr. DePorres Durham, O.P.
St. Albert the Great Priory (Minneapolis, MN): Fr. Jim Spahn, O.P. (Prior), Fr. Herb Hayek, O.P.
St. Pius V Priory (Chicago, IL): Fr. Louis Morrone, O.P. (Prior), Fr. James Marchionda, O.P., Fr. Tom Lynch, O.P.
St. Vincent Ferrer Priory (River Forest, IL): Fr. Matt Strabala, O.P. (Prior), Fr. Tom McDermott, O.P.
St. Dominic Priory (Denver, CO): Fr. David Wright, O.P. (Prior), Fr. Luke Barder, O.P.
St. Dominic Priory (St. Louis, MO): Fr. Leobardo Almazan, O.P. (Prior), Fr. Paul Whittington, O.P.
College I: Fr. Jay Harrington, O.P.
College II: Fr. Jude McPeak, O.P.
College III: Br. Paul Byrd, O.P.
College IV: Fr. Richard Litzau, O.P.
Prior Provincial: Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P.
Student Peritus: Br. Vincent Davila, O.P.