The Master of the Order


Brother Bruno Cadoré,
Master of the Dominican Order

On Sunday, the 5th of September 2010, the General Chapter of the Order of Preacher in Rome elected Bro. Bruno Cadoré as their new Master. He is the 87th Master of the Order, the immediate successor of Bro. Carlos Azpiroz Costa (Argentinean) and the 86th successor of St Dominic. His office is for a nine-year term.

Bro. Bruno Cadoré was born on the 14th April 1954 in Le Creusot, a town in the Bourgogne region of France, between Lyon and Dijon. He is the son of Henri Cadoré and Jeanine Desmaizières.

After he graduated as a medical doctor, he spent two years in Haiti. He entered the novitiate of the Dominican Province of France in 1979 and made his first profession on the 28th of September 1980 after which he began his Dominican studies. He was ordained a priest in Lille on the 28th of September 1986 and was immediately made the Master of Students.

He oversaw the formation of young friars for about 7 years. He has been the prior of the priory in Lille before he was elected the Prior Provincial of the Province of France in 2002. He got reelected for the second term and was about concluding that when he was elected the Master of the Order. During his term of office, the Province of France welcomed many young brothers into the Order.  Bro. Bruno Cadoré also worked to develop the Dominican life in the vicariates of the province of France, in Scandinavia, Equatorial Africa and West Africa, as well as in the Arab world, especially in Cairo and Iraq, which he visited frequently.

In 1992, he received his doctorate in moral theology. As a Doctor of Theology, he taught biomedical ethics at the Catholic University of Lille while directing the centre for medical ethics.  He has also been on the National Aids Council of France since January 2008 until 2010.



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