Deum laudamus. Election of the Master of the Order.
awaited day began with a solemnn Mass of the Holy Spirit with songs
and readings in the three official languages. Fr. Norman Haddad,
the Provincial of Saint Joseph province presided. With him at the
altar, clothed in liturgical vestments were representatives from
each continent. The American representative was an Argentinean;
the first reading was read in Spanish by an Argentinean layperson
It was as if everything predicted the nationality of the new Master
of the Order. The homily spoke of the Dominican as a preacher and
also as an elector, that we are here because we have heard the Word,
we have incarnated it and we have been sealed by the Spirit. Most
moving were the final words of the Mass thanking Timothy for all
that he has done throughout these past nine years: for discovering
new fields of mission, for his championing the development of the
Dominican Family, for his compassion. He has taught us to put our
hands in his hands and those of the Order, and he, in those nine
years, put his hands in ours. This expression of thanks ended in
an unforgettable moment of great and thunderous applause which seemed
to have no end. The photographs of Timothy's face have recorded
how moved he really was.
election was held according to the norms of "ordo servandus
in electione Magistri Ordinis" and our Constitutions. In the
second scrutiny Friar Carlos Alfonso Azpiroz Costa, until now the
procurator general of the Order, was elected Master. Although he
was present at the Chapter, he had no voice and was not participating
in the election. Called into the assembly, he was received with
great applause in the chapter room. It was the third applause he
had received. Carlos was not present for the first two which happened
at the recounting of the votes which gave him the absolute majority
and at the final moment with Timothy's announcement that he had
been elected. Carlos accepted immediately. His first words were,
"I hope that the Order will not enter into a crisis after this
by the joyous ringing of the bells, he followed in procession to
the chapel for the ritual and singing of the Te Deum. The provincial
of the first historical province, that of Spain, prayed for God's
help for Friar Carlos. After a reading which invited one to understand
the responsibilities of government as service, "I am in the
midst of you as one who serves", came a profession of faith
and his oath to complete his responsibility according to the teachings
of the Church's magisterium. It was done in Latin and the new Master
proceeded without a moment's hesitation.
afternoon was free for a trip around the campus or the city to talk
about all that had happened. The telephone and e-mail lines were
in the afternoon we had a solemn celebration of Vespers in English.
It was a festival of light. We began with the Paschal Vigil and
the procession of the Pascal Candle from the back of the chapel
to the chancel, offering on the way the light of the participants'
candles. The provincial of Chicago presided. After the chanting
of Vespers we processed, first around the Paschal candle to relight
the our candles and later to a sculpture outside the chapel which
represents Mary bestowing the rosary to St. Dominic. The Salve was
sung and the O Spem Miram was said, as the new Master made a beautiful
"dedication of the Order to Mary".
day ended happily for those who arranged it and we admired the rapidity
and good taste of Fr. Yves Bériault, of the Canadian province,
who is responsible for the communications, for enriching the Chapter's
web page with many memorable photographs.
Short Biography of the New Master
Carlos Azpiroz Costa was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on October
30, 1956. He entered the Friars Preachers (Dominicans) in 1980,
was professed in 1981, and was ordained a priest on August 14, 1987.
attended elementary and secondary school at the Marist Brothers'
Champagnat School in Buenos Aires. He studied in the Pontifical
Catholic University of Argentina, "Santa Maria de Buenos Aires",
in the School of Law and Political Science. He studied philosophy
in the St. Thomas Aquinas University of the North (School of Philosophy)
and theology in the Order's Center of Institutional Studies, "Santo
Domingo", which is affiliated with the Pontifical Catholic
University of Argentina. He obtained a degree in canon law in 1991
at the Angelicum (St.Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University) in Rome,
School of Canon Law. In 1992 he became a Doctor in canon law with
the thesis: The Provincial Chapter in the Constitutions of the Dominican
Order (a study of comparison with the 1932 Constitutions). It was
published in Rome at the Angelicum in 1992.
experience: Teacher at Our Lady of the Rosary of the Miracle School(Dominican
Sisters of the Rosary, Argentina); professor of Theological and
Christological Anthropology in the school of Economic and Social
Sciences at the Pontifical U.C.A.(Buenos Aires); assistant professor
of the Social Doctrine of the Church and Dogmatic Theology in the
school of Law and Political Science of the Pontifical U.C.A.; professor
of social Philosophy and Moral Theology in the school of Philosophy
at the St. Thomas Aquinas University of the North.
of Canon Law: Introduction to the Law at the University F.A.S.T.A.;
Canon Law at the Order's Center of Institutional Studies in Buenos
Aires; Canon Law on the Consecrated Life and the Government of Religious
Institutions at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina
of Buenos Aires; at the Máximo San José School (Jesuits),
affiliated with the University of the Saviour; at the St. Thomas
Aquinas Center of Studies(Buenos Aires), belonging to the Aragon
province of Dominicans.
the School of Canon Law at the Angelicum, he was professor of the
Canon Law on the Consecrated Life, The Government of Religious Institutions,
Comparative Studies and the Canon Law on the Consecrated Life from
1997 to 2001.
in the Order: In the St. Augustine province of Argentina: province
secretary; prior of St. Martin de Porres Convent (Novitiate) en
Mar del Plata; prior of St. Dominic Convent (Center of Studies)
en Buenos Aires; member of the Governing Board of St. Thomas Aquinas
University of the North.
Rome: Rector of Santa Sabina basilica; Procurator General of the
Order from 1997 until 2001.