Today, May 8, 2020, at noon, the Holy See officially announced that the Holy Father appointed our confrere and former Minister General, Friar Marco TASCA as the Archbishop of Genoa.
Friar MARCO TASCA is from the Italian Province of St. Anthony of Padua (Northern Italy). He was born on June 9, 1957, in Sant’Angelo di Piove (Padua Province, Italy). He entered the Order in Camposampiero (Padua Province, Italy) on September 29, 1968, where he attended elementary and middle school. Later, he entered the Seraphic Seminary in Pedavena (Belluno Province) and completed his high school studies in Brescia, Italy. He made his temporary profession on September 17, 1977, his solemn profession on November 28, 1981, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Filippo Franceschi, Bishop of Padua, on March 19, 1983. The ordination took place in Friar Marco’s hometown, Sant’Angelo di Piove.
Friar Marco completed his philosophy and theology studies at the Sant’Antonio Dottore Theological Institute in Padua. In 1982, after obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree, he was transferred to the Seraphicum International College in Rome and attended post graduate courses at the Pontifical Salesian University (UPS). While there, he earned a Licentiate Degree in Psychology in 1986, and another Licentiate Degree in Pastoral Theology in 1988. Returning to his home Province, he served as Rector of the Minor Seminary in Brescia from 1988 to 1994, and Rector of the Post-Novitiate in Padua from 1994 to 2001. He taught Psychology and Catechetics at the Sant’Antonio Dottore Theological Institute.
During the Provincial Chapter of 2001, Friar Marco was elected “Chapter Custodian” and Guardian of the friary in Camposampiero—positions he held until he was elected Minister Provincial in 2005. On May 26, 2007, at the Sacred Convent of Assisi, the Ordinary General Chapter elected him the 119th successor of St. Francis. On January 29, 2013, he was re-elected Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual for a second six-year term. He ended his service as Minister General at the General Chapter celebrated on May 17, 2019.
We offer our confrere our prayers and best wishes!
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