ASSISI, Italy, MAY 27, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Father Marco Tasca of the Italian Province of St. Anthony of Padua was elected the 119th minister general of the Order of the Friars Minor Conventual.
The 49-year-old Conventual Franciscan was elected Saturday at the 199th general chapter at the Sacred Convent in Assisi. He succeeds Father Joachim Giermek, an American who held the post for six years.
Marco Tasca was born in the town of Sant’Angelo di Piove near Padua. He entered the Conventual Franciscan Province of St. Anthony of Padua at Camposampiero in 1968, where he attended junior high school. He continued his secondary education at the Seraphic Seminary of Pedavena and in Brescia.
After his novitiate in Padua (1976-1977), he made his temporary vows in September 1977. He earned a baccalaureate in theology in 1982 at the Sant’Antonio Dottore Theological Institute in Padua.
In November 1981 he made solemn profession. He was ordained a priest in March 1983. In 1986 he received a licentiate in psychology from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome and two years later a degree in pastoral theology from the same university.
He was rector of the minor seminary in Brescia from 1988 to 1994 and directed the post-novitiate program in Padua from 1994 to 2001. He has taught psychology and catechetics at the Sant’Antonio Dottore Theological Institute.
In the 2001 he was elected capitular custodian and appointed guardian of the friary at Camposampiero.
At the 2005 provincial chapter he was elected minister provincial. He is vice president of the Italian Conference of Religious Superiors.
There are 97 conventual Franciscans meeting in Assisi for the order’s general chapter. They represent 4,528 professed religious in 63 nations.