Pope Francis has named Father Dario Gervasi as new auxiliary bishop of Rome.
The appointment was announced in a bulletin of the Holy See Press Office this Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, stating: “The Holy Father has appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Rome, Father Dario Gervasi, pastor of the Parish of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, assigning him the titular see of Subaugusta.”
Born in Rome on May 9, 1968, Dario Gervasi would complete his studies at the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary. After his priestly ordination in May 1994, he continued his studies in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he obtained a licentiate.
The new auxiliary bishop has held various positions: Parish Vicar in the Parishes of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Trionfale and Santi Gioacchino and Anna; later parish priest in the parish of Saints Joachim and Anna, Vice Rector of the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary, Person in charge of the Work for Priestly Vocations of the Vicariate of Rome and Deputy of the Congregation of Missionaries of the Imperial Borromeo Institute.
Most recently, he has been serving as parish priest of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish and Prefect of ‘Prefecture #17’ in Rome.
“Father Dario,” Cardinal De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome, says, “enjoys the esteem and affection of all of us. We know his love for the Lord and for the Church, for our diocese, his sense of responsibility, his humanity, the joviality and serenity that he transmits to everyone.”
“We wish him to continue with enthusiasm and passion which characterize him the delicate mission in the Southern sector and in the diocesan family pastoral, in the wake of the bishops who preceded him in recent years.”
Fr. Gervasi says, “I’m still a little dazed by joy and incredulous,” but also “very happy” to continue serving where he has been, to keep trying “to serve the Lord Jesus.”
“It is important,” he noted, “to remember to keep a look of faith, to entrust ourselves to
Christ the Lord, remind us that He is with us and is close to us so that we can give the witness of
our Christian life.”
“This is true for all of Rome, for everyone; together we can be the face of the Church of today, that knows how to face even difficult moments but with a deep spirit of faith, a gaze that know how to see beyond appearances.”