Elections at COMECE
During their Spring Plenary Assembly, the COMECE Bishops have elected on Friday 4 March two additional Vice-Presidents: Mgr. Czeslaw Kozon, Bishop of Copenhagen (Scandinavia) and member of COMECE since 2007, as well as Mgr. Rimantas Norvila, Bishop of Vilkaviškis (Lithuania) and member of COMECE since 2005.
The COMECE Bishops have also nominated a new General Secretary for a three years mandate. Br Olivier Poquillon OP, Prior of the Dominican Convent of Saint Pierre Martyr in Strasbourg, who will take up his new post in a few months.
The Bishops wished to thank Fr Patrick H. Daly for the work he has accomplished during his four years. From 16 May, the Assistant General Secretary Michael Kuhn will be tasked with heading the Secretariat for the interim period.
Curriculum of Br Olivier Poquillon OP:
Br Olivier Poquillon OP was born in 1966 in Paris. After his studies in public and international law, he joined the religious order of the Dominicans and studied Catholic theology. He made his solemn vow in 1998 and was ordained priest in 2001.
After fulfilling several tasks as an expert at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the Council of Europe, as military chaplain in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Chad, as well as President of the French speaking Commission Justitia et Pax of the Dominican order, he spent the year 2003-2004 in Iraq as a lecturer at the University of Mosul. He then was university chaplain at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, in Strasbourg. From 2008 to 2013 he took on the position of Permanent Delegate of the Dominican Order to the United Nations in Geneva. Since 2013 he has been the Prior of the Dominican Convent of Saint Pierre Martyr in Strasbourg and remains active inter alia as an expert of the Holy See to the Council of Europe and as adviser of the delegation of his order to the UN.