The Master of Dominican Order
The Master of the Order is the successor of St Dominic and the principle of unity of the Order, to whom all the friars and nuns of the Order make profession of obedience.
It was the desire of St Dominic that he should not be called “Abbot”, but rather “Master”: that is, “teacher” of his brothers. The Rule of St Augustine reminds the Master and other superiors of the Order than he should consider himself happy serving the brothers in charity, rather than dominating with power.
Nevertheless, in serving the Order the Master is granted broad and direct authority over every brother, convent and province, and over every nun and monastery. He can assign brothers to different convents and provinces for the needs of the mission of the Order, and in the rare cases when it is necessary he can appoint and remove any superiors and officials in the Order.
Although originally elected for life, the Master is now elected for a nine-year term in an Elective General Chapter; like all the brothers he is subject to the General Chapter as the highest authority in the Order, and must obey its directions.
Much of the time of the Master is spent on the road: twice during his term of office he is required to visit the whole Order, either personally or through delegates.
The Master is assisted in his task by his socii or assistants, by vicars who represent him, and by the various officials of the General Curia of the 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.