Br. Francesco Patton re-elected Custos of the Holy Land

The Minister General, Br Massimo Fusarelli, ofm, announces that Br. Francesco Patton, ofm, has been elected to the office of Custos of the Holy Land and Guardian of Mount Zion for the three-year period 2022-2025. 

For Fr. Francesco Patton it is a renewal of the office, after a period of six years at the service of the Holy Land as Custos. 

It is worth noting that this appointment requires explicit confirmation of the election by the Holy Father: the friars minor serve the Holy Land by the explicit will and on the mandate of the Roman Pope.  

Born in Trento on 23 December 1963, Fr. Francesco Patton was elected Custos of the Holy Land by the Definitorium General of the Friars Minor for the first time on 20 May 2016. He belongs to the Province of S, Antonio of the Friars Minor in Italy. He was twice General Secretary of the OFM Chapter General, in 2003 and 2009; Visitator General in 2003; Provincial Minister of the “S. Vigilio” Province of Trento between 2008 and 2016 and President of the Conference of Provincial Ministers of Italy and Albania (COMPI) from 2010 to 2013.


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