Franciscans choose New Minister General

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The majority of voters elected the Italian Friar Massimo Fusarelli. He will remain in office until 2027.

Italy – Rome (13/07/2021 13:00, Gaudium Press) – On Tuesday, July 13, the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor chose its new Minister General. The General Chapter is taking place at the International College of St. Lawrence of Brindisi in Rome.

The election, attended by 116 capitular friars, has chosen Friar Massimo Fusarelli, Italian, as the 121st representative of St. Francis of Assisi. He has been Provincial minister for the Franciscan Province of St. Bonaventure. Friar Fussarelli will remain in office until 2027.

The election was presided over by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, appointed by Pope Francis. The Vicar General and the members of the General Definitory will be chosen in the coming days.

Biography of Friar Massimo Fusarelli

Born in Rome on March 30, 1963, Friar Massimo received the Franciscan habit on July 28, 1982, making his First Profession on July 30, 1983. His solemn profession and priestly ordination took place on September 30, 1989.

The religious has a doctorate in Patristic Theology and has taught in this area. Friar Massimo has already been part of the government of the Order when he was General Secretary for Formation and Studies (2003 to 2009) and General Visitor for the Province of Naples and then for the unification process of the Provinces of Northern Italy.

From 2015 to 2018, he was Assistant General of the Secular Institute of the Missionaries of the Royalty of Christ. From October 2016 through August 2017, he lived with other brothers among the earthquake victims of Amatrice and Accumoli (Rieti).

On July 2, 2020, he was elected Minister Provincial in Chapter. On October 7, 2020, he was elected president of the Conference of Ministers Provincial of Italy and Albania (COMPI). Now, with his election, Friar Luciano De Giusti, the Vicar Provincial, must take over the Province in his place. (EPC)

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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