The Assumption BVM Province is under the administration of a Provincial Minister, Fr. James Gannon. Father James was elected on September 8, 2015 to fill the remaining term of Fr. John Puodziunas, OFM who was appointed as Treasurer to the Order in Rome, Italy. The next person in line is the Provincial Vicar, Fr. Edward Tlucek, OFM. These two leaders are chosen by the fraternity during its Provincial Chapters. The Provincial Minister is elected for six years and may be chosen again for another three years. This also applies to the Provincial Vicar.
These brothers have a board of consultors which consists of four members elected for three year terms during the Provincial Chapter.
Together these chosen priests and brothers oversee the spiritual and ministerial life of the fraternity.
How Fr. James Gannon became the Provincial Minister of the Assumption Province.
These past two months have been “historic” and most unusual. Never
before has the Province experienced a transition in Provincial Leadership
while beginning the fourth year of a six year term.
The shift began during the General Chapter of 2015. On Monday, August 17, 2015, our Minister General, Michael Perry, addressed the Provincial Councils of the United States gathered at Techny Towers and Conference Center, and officially named John Puodziunas the Economo General for the Order of Friars Minor. John received his official obedience from the Minister General on September 1, and departed for Rome four days later. As a result of John’s departure, the Province found itself in a historic situation: the Provincial Council needed to discern a Friar to fulfill the remaining twenty months of John’s term. A Council Meeting was scheduled for September 8, 9, and 10. Andrew Brophy, Paul Reczek, Edward Tlucek, Joachim Studwell and I gathered with the Friars of Lourdes Friary in Cedar Lake, Indiana for a Eucharistic Holy Hour.
Immediately after the Holy Hour, following the guidelines set forth by the General Statutes, the3 council engaged in discussions and discernment. As a result of this process, the members of the Provincial Council called forth James Gannon to serve as Provincial Minister, Edward Tlucek to serve as Provincial Vicar, and John Cella to serve on the Definitory in the seat vacated by Edward Tlucek.