Scheut Missions-CICM Missionaries

Headquarters of Scheut Missions - CICM

Student House and Procure. From early on in the history of the Institute, a few young members were sent to Rome for graduate studies at one of the Pontifical Universities. Eventually, since 1910, CICM has had its own house in Trastevere, the popular quarter at the foot of the Janiculus hill.

As the Vatican assigned more territories to the care of the growing missionary Institute, there was a felt need for a permanent Procurator with the Holy See: someone to handle the affairs of the missions with the central administration of the Church, particularly the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples.

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All the while, the headquarters remained at the mother house in Scheut, the place where the Institute had started in 1862. This made eminent sense. Even a century later, Belgium was the home country of over 90% of all CICM missionaries in the field, the remainder coming mainly from nearby Netherlands. For all practical purposes, recruitment, too, was limited to these two countries.

International Headquarters in Rome. This situation changed, first slowly in the mid fifties, then it picked up speed as young candidates were being accepted and novitiates opened in the Congo, the Philippines, and the USA. The year 1966 signaled the opening in Rome of the newly built Collegio missionario internazionale where some 25 students and young priests lived together. The following year, the General Administration itself shifted from Scheut to Rome. In a real way, the move marked a definite turn in the self-understanding of CICM, from a mainly Flemish group of missionaries to an international Institute dedicated to universal brotherhood.

The spirit and aftermath of Vatican II quickly led to a further change in the Rome set-up: in 1973 the idea of having a large international group of young members in Rome was given up and the Collegio was sold together with the adjoining building of the general headquarters. Since then, the CICM General Administration has been operating from a simple, rented place of another religious Order in Rome. At the same time, the recruitment base became increasingly international: next to missionaries from the Congo, the Philippines and the USA, a sizable number of new members have joined from Indonesia, Haiti, and Cameroon.

CICM held its 14th General Chapter in Rome during the month of May 2011. One of its main tasks was the election of a new General Government for the next 6 years, 2011-2017.

The General Administration

Superior General:

Father Timothy 'Tim' Atkin. Fr. Tim AtkinBorn in 1948 in Jackson, Michigan, USA, Tim entered CICM in 1968. After his ordination in 1974, he left for Haiti. After his language studies, he was assigned in Hinche. He served in the US formation program at San Antonio, TX, from 1983 until 1985. Back in Haiti, he served as pastor of La Victoire Parish until 1988. Once again, he was called upon as a Formator, this time in Mexico (1989 1992). In 1992, he returned to Haiti, first as pastor on the Island of La Gonaives, and then in 1996 as Provincial Treasurer. He was a member of the HA Provincial Government in different periods. Since 1990, Tim has had many terms as a member of the Investment Management Board and of the General Finance Committee. From 2000 to 2005, Tim was the Provincial Superior of HA. Tim participated in the 1987 and 2005 General Chapters. He was elected General Councilor during the 2005 General Chapter. The 14th General Chapter elected Father Tim Atkin as 18th Superior General of CICM for a term of 6 years (2011-2017).

The members of his Council, similarly elected for 6 years, are:

Appointed members of the General Administration are:

Scheut Missions-CICM Missionaries