A Buffalo native has been re-elected to lead about 3,700 Oblate priests around the globe.
The Rev. Louis Lougen was re-elected as superior general on Friday. He was elected to his first term in 2010.
His re-election occurred during the 36th general chapter meeting of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The 82 oblates in the general chapter – which represent priests and brothers in about 70 countries – gathered in Rome to celebrate the 200th jubilee of their founding.
“The spirit at work in us will do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine,” Lougen said in a video posted online about the 36th general chapter.
Lougen, 64, met the Oblates as a student at Bishop Neumann High School in Buffalo. He entered the order in Newburgh in 1970 and made perpetual vows in 1976.
After working in Brazil following his ordination, Lougen returned to the United States in 1996 and served as pastor at Holy Angels parish in Buffalo for several years.
During the past six years as superior general, Lougen visited nearly every province, delegation and mission of the Missionary Oblates. He came into that role able to speak English, Portuguese and Spanish. In the past six years, he has learned to speak Italian and French, as well.