Every day many brothers from all over the Capuchin world try to contact the General Minister, the Councillors or the various Offices of our General Curia. They send in requests and reports on their activities or else simply wish to share some of the joys and sorrows of their everyday lives. The job of the General Secretariat is to facilitate these contacts and make them more and more effective. It is made up of different brothers who work together to assist the General Minister and his Council in carrying out their duties.
Currently, the General Secretariat is headed by Fr. Clayton Fernandes (Prov. of Goa), secretary-general, assisted by Bro. Damian Philip Pereira (Province of Tamil Nadu, India) and by Bro. Ivan Milazzo (Province of Palermo, Italy), general vice-secretaries, and Fr. Ervian Araújo de Souza (Province of Bahia and Sergipe, Brazil), responsible for the Current Archives and the Registry.
The presence and work of 5 language secretaries is also invaluable:
br. Antony Haddad - for French
br. John Russo – for English
br. Umberto Losacco – for Italian
br. Marek Przeczewski - for Polish
br. Martin Torres – for Spanish
br. Ricardo Farias - for Portuguese
The language secretaries assist in the government of the Order by facilitating contacts in the relevant languages: preparing letters and documents, translating and ensuring immediate contacts through the use of modern communications. An essential part of their service is also to welcome vistors to the Curia from different parts of the world.
Damian Philip Pereira