General Administration

The Superior General of the Society of Mary is Fr John Larsen sm. He was elected during the General Chapter in 2017 for a mandate of 8 years

Fr John Larsen, a member of the Marist District of Asia, was born in 1955 and entered in the Society of Mary in New Zealand in 1976.

He taught for five years at St. Patrick’s College, Silverstream, before volunteering for the wider mission of the Society.

In 1985 he began his ministry in the Philippines and later worked in Myanmar and Thailand.  He has been involved in parish ministry, prison chaplaincy, retreat work, formal and non-formal education programs, health care for HIV/Aids, migrant ministry and in leadership and formation.

He has many years of experience as novice master and as formator in the Philippines. Before his election as Superior General he was the Superior of the Marist International Theologate in Rome.

The members of the General Council are:

  • Fr John Harhager (US)
  • Fr Setefano Mataele (Tonga)
  • Fr Bernard McKenna (Australia)
  • Fr Juan Carlos Piña (Mexico)

The Secretary General is Fr Pat Devlin (New Zealand)

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