During the Angelus on Sunday, October 25, 2020, Pope Francis announced the next Consistory, which will be held on November 28, 2020. At that time, he will create thirteen new Cardinals, one of whom will be our brother Friar Mauro M. GAMBETTI, the current Custos of the Sacred Convent in Assisi.
Friar Mauro was born on October 27, 1965 in Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy. In September of 1992, he graduated from the University of Bologna, Italy, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He then began his formational journey in our Order. He made his simple profession on August 29, 1995, and his solemn profession on September 20, 1998. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology at the Theological Institute of Assisi, he obtained a Licentiate in Theological Anthropology at the Theological Faculty of Central Italy in Florence. He was ordained to the priesthood on January 8, 2000, at the Santissimo Crocifisso del Signore Nostro Gesù Cristo Friary in Longiano, Italy. While residing in that community, he held the position of Guardian and Director of Youth and Vocation Ministry.
In 2009, the friars of the then Province of Bologna elected him as their Minister Provincial. He held that office until February 22, 2013, when he was called to be the Custos of the General Custody of the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Italy (Assisi) for the 2013-2017 four-year term. At the same time, the Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino appointed him Episcopal Vicar for the pastoral care of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis (Assisi) and other places of worship served by our friars. He was reconfirmed as General Custos for the 2017-2021 four-year term and was also elected President of the Federazione Inter-mediterranea Ministri Provinciali (FIMP).
Grateful to the Father for this new gift, we stand with our confrere, united in prayer, as he begins this service for the Universal Church.
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