The Order of Franciscan Friars Minor have elected Father Michael Perry as the new
Minister General. He replaces Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who in April this
year, was appointed by Pope Francis to be the Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes
of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Before his election to this new
office, Fr. Perry was the Vicar General of the Order. He has in the past served
as an advisor on African development for Catholic Relief Services, and as head of
the Africa desk at Franciscans International at the United Nations. He spent 10 years
as a pastor, teacher and as Director for development for Franciscan programs in Congo.