On Thursday, October 14, 2021, Friar Rocco PREDOTI of the Provincial Custody of St. Daniel and Companion Martyrs in Italy (Calabria) was awarded a Medal of Academic Merit at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome for having earned his doctorate (within the prescribed time) with the distinction of Summa cum laude (30/30 [highest exam score possible]). The medal was awarded by the Grand Chancellor Father Ángel Férnandez ARTIME in the presence of His Eminence, Mario Cardinal GRECH, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.

Friar Rocco earned his PhD in Pastoral Theology with a specialization in Catechetics. His Doctoral dissertation was entitled: “Recognizing the Identity of the Digital Man: The Anthropology of Contemporary Digital Language and Its Catechetical Implications.” His dissertation supervisor was Professor Salvatore CURRÒ. Friar Rocco defended his dissertation on March 21, 2021, in Rome. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the Theological Institute of Assisi on June 21, 2015, and his Licentiate Degree (in Catechetical Theology) at the Theological Institute of St. Thomas in Messina, Italy, on June 22, 2017.
Friar Rocco currently serves as the Guardian at the Sacro Cuore di Gesù Friary in Catanzaro Lido, Italy. He is also a Provincial Definitor for the Province of St. Agatha and St. Lucy in Italy (Sicily). He serves as a youth and vocation minister in Calabria. He teaches at the Calabrian Theological Institute of Catanzaro as a lecturer in Catechetical Theory and Practice in Communications. Finally, he helps teach a Franciscan Studies course entitled “On the Trail of Francis and Clare” at the Seraphicum in Rome.

Friar Giorgio TASSONE