VATICAN CITY – On October 1, 2015, the Pope appointed our confrere Br. Giovanni Roncari as bishop of the diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbatello (Italy). Br. Giovanni is episcopal vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of Florence and professor of church history at the theological faculty of Central Italy.
Br. Giovanni Roncari was born in Verona on August 19, 1949. His family moved to Florence where he entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, beginning the novitiate in 1966. On July 15 of the next year he made first religious profession. He then entered studies within the Order and completed the baccalaureate in theology.
He made perpetual profession on August 20, 1972 in the Capuchin Province of Tuscany and on March 22, 1975 was ordained priest in Viterbo. After ordination he attended the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he completed the licentiate in church history.
He has had the following assignments: hospital chaplain at Careggi Hospital in Florence from 1975 to 1976; student at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1976 to 1979; Assistant to the university youth in the friary of Pisa from 1979 top 1980; Assistant Director of theology; Assistant to the Secular Franciscan Order and Franciscan Youth in Montughi (Florence); Parochial Vicar at St. Francis and St. Clare in Montughi from 1984 to 1988 and Professor of church history at the theological faculty of Central Italy from 1988 until now. In 1992 he was appointed pastor of St. Francis and St. Clare in Montughi; from 1998 to 2005 he was delegate of the Archdiocese of Florence for the apostolate of the laity and ecclesiastical assistant of the diocesan council for lay groups. Since 2002 he has been a member of the college of consultants of Florence and since 2002 he has been episcopal vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of Florence.