Crosiers elect new master general

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Priest from Indonesia succeeds Foley native Father Glen Lewandowski

For the first time in its 805-year history, the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross — the Crosiers — elected a member from the southern hemisphere to serve as the 58th master general.

Crosier Father Laurentius Tarpin, 46, was elected June 23 on the first ballot during the international order’s 2015 General Chapter held in Cimahi, Indonesia.

Since 2014, Father Tarpin has served as the major superior of the Province of Sang Kristus in Bandung, Indonesia.

The election was presided over by the outgoing Crosier Master General Glen Lewandowski.

Father Lewandowski, a native of Foley, served as master general for two consecutive six-year terms. He was the first American to serve as leader of the Crosier order.

During his tenure, Father Lewandowski traveled extensively promoting the Crosier identity. In addition, he served on the executive council of the Union of Superiors General and was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a synod father, participating in the Bishops Synod on the Word of God in 2008.