The General Secretariat
Currently, the General Secretariat is headed by fr. Damian Philip Pereira (Provincia di Tamil Nadu, India), Secretary General, assisted by fr. Michele Mottura (Provincia del Piemonte, Italia), General Vice-Secretaries, and Br. Patrick McSherry (Province of Calvary, USA), who is responsible for the current archives and registry.
The presence and work of four language secretaries is also an essential component:
for French: Br. Antoine Haddad (General Custody of the Near-East, Lebanon)
for English: Br. John Russo (Province of New Jersey, USA)
for Italian: Br. Umberto Losacco (Province of Genoa, Italy)
for Portuguese and Spanish: fr. Fergnan da Conceição da Silva (Province Maranhão-Pará-Amapá, Brazil)
The language secretaries assist in the government of the Order by facilitating communications in the respective languages, preparing letters and documents, preparing translations of various kinds, and providing immediate correspondence by use of modern means. Another important part of their service is to welcome visitors to the Curia from those parts of the world where their language is spoken.
Damian Philip Pereira
Fergnan da Conceição da Silva