Date of publication: 13/06/2023

Juan Manuel Buergo Gómez is the new President General of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Council General International

He succeeds Renato Lima de Oliveira and will take office next September in Paris.

During the first day of the SSVP General Assembly, Juan Manuel Buergo Gómez was elected as the 17th President General, succeeding Renato Lima de Oliveira. His inauguration will take place, God willing, next September in Paris, on the feast of Blessed Antoine Frédéric Ozanam.

The election took place on the afternoon of June 13, after the opening speech of Renato Lima de Oliveira, the Vice President General, Joseph Pandian, explained to the attendees the process of the voting.

Once elected, Juan Manuel Buergo Gómez had the opportunity to address for the first time all those attending the Assembly and all members around the world through a live broadcast by Ozanam TV.

In addition to this highlight of the International General Assembly, many interesting activities took place on the morning of June 13:

Welcoming remarks by the National President of Italy, Paola da Ros

The Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission Fr. Tomaz Mavric C.M. was present during the opening ceremony.

Three works aimed at improving communication and development of the SSVP International were launched:

  • Global Report: report on the activities of the Council General International, which also includes information on the 154 countries that are members of the Confederation.
  • Manual for the revitalization of our Conferences: Document that offers a methodology and guidelines for the development in quality and quantity of our action and prayer groups.
  • Guidelines for National Youth Committees: In order to strengthen the presence and importance of young people in the SSVP Superior Councils.

The SSVP Concordat meeting was also held with the renewal ceremony of its members and, finally, a collaboration agreement was signed with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), represented on this occasion by María Lia Zervino. WUCWO was founded in 1910 and currently has nearly 100 women’s organizations around the world, is active in more than 50 countries and has a total of 8 million women members.