Superior General presents recents Curia appointments

On November 9, 2010 Superior General, Fr. Gregory Gay CM has issued a Circular Letter providing background on recent nominations of Curia officials: Econome General – Rev. Joseph Geders CM, Secretary General – Giuseppe Turati CM and Procurator General – Rev. Alberto Vernaschi CM. Below we present these Confreres to you according to the Circular:

First two of them will assume the offices in late January of 2011. The latter one is already in office because Rev. Giuseppe Guerra CM,  previous Procurator General and Postulator General  was elected the Visitor of Province of Naples and no longer could continue his service. Presently the office of Postulator General was handed to Rev. Luigi Mezzadri CM from Province of Rome.


Father Joseph GEDERS CM, the new Econome General of the Congregation of the Mission comes from the Western Province of the United States. He was born on August 3, 1956 he entered the Congregation of the Mission on April 14, 1974 in Perryville, Missouri and incorporated on April 15, 1978. Ordained a Priest of the Mission on September 27, 1984 in St. Louis Missouri.

He was Dean of Formation at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary after having chaired the Theology Department there. In addition to a Master of Divinity with a specialization in Liturgical Studies Father has completed programs in Management, Finance and Legal Issues.
He served as Provincial and Regional Treasurer of the Midwest Province, He was Director of the Center for Development in Ministry, administering education programs in ongoing formation for ministers and Director of the Development of Evangelization, Catechesis and Worship, both in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Currently, since 2006, he is pastor of Our Lady of the Mountains, a parish of 800 families in Jackson, Wyoming, and of Holy Family Parish in Afton, Wyoming with 150 families.

Father Giuseppe TURATI CM, the new Secretary General of the Congregation of the Mission is the member of Province of Turin. He was born in Como, Italy on December 7, 1955, and entered the Congregation of the Mission September 9, 1974. Ordained a priest on April 12, 1980. Father has degrees in Theology and Sociology and has used his education as a teacher of Moral Theology, Sociology and Methods of Social Work and Professional Ethics. Besides his native Italian, Father Turati also speaks French, Spanish, English and German.

He has been a Spiritual Advisor to a therapeutic community for drug addicts in Milan and eventually became its director, then President of the Association of this facility which included two other units of service. For many years he has worked with Vincentian Volunteers, serving as the regional assistant for the Region of Lombardy, while also coordinating the Center of Vincentian Culture of Lombardy and serving as spiritual counsellor for the Youth Sector of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Father Turati is also the webmaster for the Italian page of the Vincentian Family website ( . Father has had two terms, in 1990 and again in 2009 as Provincial Councillor and has served as Secretary of CEVIM.

Father Alberto VERNASCHI CM, the new Procurator General of the Congregation of the Mission and of the Daughters of Charity at the Holy See is member of  the Province of Rome. He was born on January 7, 1939 at Rustigazzo di Lugagnano Val d’Arda (Piacenza). He entered the Congregation of the Mission on September 7, 1957, completed his studies in philosophy and theology at Collegio Alberoni in Piacenza and was ordained a priest in Piacenza March 19, 1963. He studied Canon Law at the Gregorian Pontifical University from October 1963 to June 1966 and earned a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL), 1965, and doctorate in Canon Law (JCD), 1967.

His ministries at the service of the Congregation of the Mission include teaching Canon Law at Collegio Alberoni, Visitor of the Province of Rome, regional assistant of the Vincentian Volunteers of Tuscany, director of the Daughters of Charity of the Province of Siena and of Rome, and superior of houses in Piacenza, Florence and Siena. Currently Father is superior of the Leoniano in Rome and Provincial Econome.
Other ministries include serving as Episcopal Vicar for consecrated life of the Diocese of Piacenza and as Pontifical Commissioner for the monastic family “Fraternità of Gesù” of the Monastery of Vallechiara di Lanuvio (Rome) 2008.
On his request Father Alberto will remain a member of the Province of Rome and continue residing at the Leoniano.

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