The Socius of the Master for Fraternal Life and Formation

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The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré has appointed fr Vivian Boland as his Socius for Fraternal Life and Formation. This is the first time he is making this appointment and it is in accordance with the Acts of the General Chapter of Bologna 2016 (nos. 306-308).

Fr Vivian is from the Province of Ireland and he has just concluded his tenure as the Socius of the Master for Northwestern Europe and Canada and the Vicar of the Master of the Order.

Born in 1953, fr Vivian made his first profession of religious vows in 1972 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1978. He has since served in various capacities both within and outside his home Province:

  • Regent of Studies in the Province of Ireland
  • Master of Students in the Province of England
  • Director of the Aquinas Institute
  • Taught at the House of Studies in Tallaght, St Mary’s University in London, and Blackfriars Oxford where he was also a member of the Theology Faculty of the University of Oxford

According to the Acts of Bologna, the Socius for fraternal life and formation is to;

- help the Master of the Order in all things which pertain to fraternal life and religious formation of the brethren, whether initial or ongoing.

- help all the Provinces, that they might provide for the religious formation of the brethren and for the flourishing of fraternal life;

- when possible, to gather together the masters of initial formation as well as the promoters of permanent formation of one or several regions.

- facilitate for the provinces the instruction and formation of formators as well as the development and execution of the plans of the provinces pertaining to ongoing formation.

 

(8 May 2017)