Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Opening of the Academic Year 2010-2011 Mass

The new Master of the Order & Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Most Rev. Bruno Cadoré,OP, declared Monday October 11, 2010, the opening of the academic year with his first official Italian words at a Mass presided by the Rector of the University Prof. Charles Morerod, OP : "Dichiaro l'anno accademico 2010-2011 aperto!".

Aged 56, friar Bruno Cadoré has been the Prior Provincial of the Province of France for eight years and before that oversaw the formation of young friars, particularly in Lille. A medical Doctor before entering the noviciate, he later spent two years in Haiti before beginning his Dominican studies. As a Doctor of Theology, he taught biomedical ethics at the Catholic University of Lille while directing the centre for medical ethics. He was elected Prior Provincial in 2002. Author of several books on biomedical ethics, he has been on the National Aids Council of France since January 2008.

During his term of office, the Province of France welcomed many young brothers into the Order. Bruno Cadoré also worked to develop the Dominican life in Scandinavia, Equatorial Africa and West Africa, as well as in the Arab world, especially in Cairo and Iraq, which he has visited frequently. The General Chapter that met in Rome this past September elected him as the 86th successor of St. Dominic.

The Master of the Order will return to the Angelicum on November 16, 2010 to preside at a Conference on Bioethics.