The Holy Father has named Archbishop-Bishop of Treviso, Italy, His Excellency, Archbishop Gianfranco Agostino Gardin, OFM Conv., with the title of Archbishop “ad personam”, until now, the titular Bishop of Torcello and the Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
His Excellency Archbishop Gianfranco Agostino Gardin, OFM Conv.
His Excellency Archbishop Gianfranco Agostino Gardin, OFM Conv., was born at San Polo di Piave, Province of Treviso, Diocese of Vittorio Veneto, on March 15, 1944; living in Venice from 1946.
He entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and took his Solemn Vows on October 4, 1965 and was ordained to the Priesthood on March 21. 1970. He completed his Philosophical studies in Padua. He later completed his Doctoral studies in Moral Theology at the Alfonsiana Academy in Rome.
He was a teacher of Moral Theology at the Theological Institute of St. Anthony the Doctor, at Padua and other Theological Institutes from 1973 to 1988. He was Vice Rector of the Theological Seminary of his Province from 1973 to 1976. From 1978 to 1988 he worked as the editor of the monthly magazine, Messagero di S. Antonio, and from 1980 to 1988 he oversaw the birth and direction of the publication of Theological interest, Credereoggi.
From 1988 to 1995 he was Minister Provincial of his Religious Province. From 1995 to 2001, he was Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. In 1999 he participated in the Synod for the Bishops of Europe. He was also President of the Union of Superiors General.
From 2001 to 2005 he resided in Treviso, where he dedicated most of his efforts to the work of continuing formation for various Institutes both within and outside of Italy. In July, 2005, he was named Director General of the work of the Messagero di S. Antonio in Padua.
On July 10, 2006 he was named titular Archbishop of Cissa (later transferred to Torcello) and Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. He received his Episcopal Ordination on August 26, 2006.
He has written many articles, particularly on the theme of Consecrated Life.
Bulletin from the Press Office of the Holy See 18-December-2009
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