The Shrine and Convent of St Anthony of Padua has a New Rector

Father Antonio Ramina, chosen among three names presented by the General Minister, will lead the Shrine and Convent of Padua for the next four years.

Newsroom (09/09/2021 15:12, Gaudium Press) – Pope Francis has appointed Fr Antonio Ramina as the new Rector of the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, Italy. Over the next four years, the Conventual Franciscan will direct the Shrine and Convent of Padua.

The priest was chosen from among three candidates presented by the Minister General, Fr. Carlos Alberto Trovarelli, following the dispositions of the Apostolic Constitution ‘Memorias Sanctorum.’ The document regulates the government of the Basilica of St. Anthony.

Franciscans thank Pope for the appointment

The candidates to Rector of the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony were selected by the Franciscans during the Provincial Chapter of Camposampiero (Padua), held at the end of June.

“We thank the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for this decision. Fr. Antonio Ramina will be able to continue the work with fervor of his predecessor in collaboration with the Papal Delegate, at the service of the pilgrims who visit the Basilica of the Saint of Padua daily, even among the difficulties of this historical period,” says a message sent by the Franciscans.

Fr. Antonio Ramina

Born on April 7, 1970, in the Italian city of Vicenza, Fr. Antonio Ramina made his final profession on October 4, 2002, and was ordained priest on May 1, 2004. He holds a degree in modern literature from the University of Padua and a doctorate in theology.

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Since 2011, he is the Rector of the St. Anthony Doctor Theological Seminary in Padua and Guardian of the St. Anthony Doctor Community in Padua (since 2013). Fr Ramina is a guest professor of Spiritual Theology at the Faculty of Theology of the Trivêneto, and professor of the ‘School of Spirituality’ at the St. Anthony Theological Institute in Padua. (EPC)

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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