ROME - We received word this morning that our brother, Br. Giacomo Bini, OFM, former General Minister of the Order (1997 – 2003) has passed away after a struggle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
Br. Giacomo was born in Ostra Vetere (Ancona, Italy) on August 23, 1938 to Amalio and Teresa (Tamfani). He entered the Order on September 18, 1956, made Temporary Profession on September 19, 1957, and Solemn Profession on September 7, 1963 in the Province of Picena of St. James of the Marches. He was ordained a priest on March 14, 1964. He fulfilled the responsibilities of Novice Master, Definitor, and Vicar Provincial in the Province of the Marches.
In February of 1983, he left for the missions and was incardinated into the Vice Province of St. Francis of Africa and Madagascar where he was entrusted with the responsibility of Definitor and Vicar Provincial. For the last six years before being elected General Minister he had been Provincial Minister at Nairobi. He studied at the Institut Catholique in Paris for two years and received the title of Doctor in Religious Sciences at the University of Strasbourg in 1971, defending his Thesis entitled Sin and Penance in St. Basil of Cesarea. He was General Minister from 1997-2003.
In 2007, Br. Giacomo was appointed Guardian of the International Friary of Palestrina, a community dependent on the General Minister, as a concretization of the 2006 Seminar on “new forms of evangelization in Europe.” Currently he was president of the Foundation “Beato Egidio”, that includes, in addition to Palestrina, Istanbul.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and may he rest in peace.