Born on April 21, 1965, in Cologno al Serio in the diocese and province of Bergamo, Italy, he began formation with the friars of the Province of Emilia Romagna, to which he still juridically belongs. He was ordained a priest on September 15, 1990, and entered into effective service of the Custody of the Holy Land in 1999. Upon completion of philosophical and theological studies, he received a bachelor's degree in theology on June 19, 1990, from the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome. He completed his studies of specialization at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem, obtaining his license in biblical theology on June 21, 1993, and afterward received his master's degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was a professor of modern Hebrew at the Franciscan Faculty of Biblical and Archeological Sciences in Jerusalem, and has done pastoral work with the Hebrew-speaking faithful for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
The Custody and the Order assures Friar Pierbattista of its best wishes as he continues his mission at the head of the Province of the Holy Land.
Custody of the Holy Land
The Custody at this time is made up of 285 Franciscan friars: 174 belonged to the Custody itself and 111 friars are from other Provinces but are in service to the Custody. Such service can continue for decades.
There are 39 nationalities represented among the friars who minister in the Custody. The largest linguistic group is the Orientals (mainly Arabic speakers) with 66 friars, followed by the Italian speakers (61), English speakers (54) and the Hispanic group (50).
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