At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020, Friar Marco MORONI was officially sworn in as the General Custos of the Sacred Convent in Assisi, Italy. The ceremony took place outside in the Sixtus IV courtyard of the Sacred Convent.

The swearing in was privately celebrated in the presence of the Conventual community alone. The ceremony began with the friars singing the Veni Creator. The Gospel of John was then proclaimed: “Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end…” (Jn 13:1-15). The Vicar Custos, Friar Domenico PAOLETTI, read the decree of appointment, signed by the Minister General, Friar Carlos TROVARELLI. Finally, Friar Marco read the ritual formula: “In assuming the office of General Custos, I promise that in my words and in my actions I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church…Last of all, I promise that for the entire period that I am in office, I shall – as much as possible – try to cultivate and promote the observance of the Rule and Constitutions throughout the General Custody…”
Friar Marco MORONI was born on November 26, 1965, in Cassano Magnago, Italy. He belongs to the Italian Province of St. Anthony of Padua (Northern Italy). After obtaining a Master’s Degree, he worked as an elementary school teacher in various schools in Varese, Italy. In September of 1991, he began formation as a postulant in Treviso, Italy. He completed his novitiate year at the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, where he made his temporary profession on September 8, 1994, his perpetual profession on October 4, 1997, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 18, 1999, through the imposition of the hands of the Most Reverend Antonio Vitale BOMMARCO, OFM Conv., Archbishop of Gorizia, Italy. Friar Marco earned a Baccalaureate in Theology at the Theological Institute of St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor. He also earned specializations in the Theology of Consecrated Life at the Claretianum Institute in Rome and Theological Anthropology at the Pontifical Teresianum Institute in Rome. He was a professor of Theological Anthropology and Eschatology in Padua, the Guardian of the friaries in Treviso and Bologna, Italy, and a Provincial Definitor (2009-13). At the Sacred Convent of Assisi he served as a Definitor and the Custodial Secretary (2015-17).

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