LORETTO, Pa. — The Franciscans of the Third Order Regular (TOR) elected Fr. Michael Higgins as their minister general at the 110th General Chapter at St. Francis University here.
Fr. Michael, a native of Boston, succeeds Fr. Ilija Zivcovic, a friar from the Croatian Province, who held the post for the past six years. The gathering on June 3 comprised 38 TOR Franciscans representing more than 1,000 professed religious in 16 nations.
The new superior, who holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Antonianum in Rome, has served as vicar general of the Order since 2001.