The General Curia is composed of those persons who govern the Congregation throughout the world, as well as those individuals who in different roles help the superior general and the assistants general in their work. The Curia is located in Rome, Via dei Capasso 30, 00164 Roma.
The Superior General is considered to be the successor of Saint Vincent and governs the destiny of the Congregation according to the Constitutions and Statutes. He is elected by the General Assembly for a period of six years and can be re-elected for another six years.
In the Constitutions the superior general is described as the center of unity and coordination of all the provinces. Consequently he ought to be a source of encouragement for their life together and their apostolic activity.
The present superior general, Father G. Gregory Gay was born in Baltimore, Md., USA on October 8, 1953. He entered the Congregation on August 8, 1973 and was ordained a priest on May 5, 1980. He was elected by the General Assembly of 2004 for a period of six years.
Vicar General and Assistants General
- The Vicar General is nominated by the General Assembly for a period of six years and substitutes for the superior general according to the law of the Congregation.
- The present Vicar General is Father Josef Kapusciak, CM.
- The Assistants General are also elected by the general assembly.
The Curia is further composed of different officials who are in charge of the distinct offices which function on behalf of the worldwide Congregation.
Officers of the general curia
The secretary general, the treasurer general, and the procurator general at the Holy See are appointed by the superior general with the consent of his council, and may not be chosen from the number of assistants general. They remain in office at the desire of the superior general with the consent of his council; by reason of their office they belong to the house of the general curia. They can participate in the general council whenever called by the superior general, but without vote, except in the cases dealt with in the Statutes. They participate in the General Assembly with the right to vote.