Nun makes history as rector of Pontifical seminary

Sr. Mary Melone as was appointed by the Vatican congregation for Catholic Education – headed by cardinal Zenon Grocholewski for the period 2014-2017

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Jul 04 2014, 6:32 PM
Nun makes history as rector of Pontifical seminary
Sister Mary Melone during a press conference.

The Vatican has nominated a Franciscan nun as the head of the Pontifical University Antonianum, making her the first woman to become a rector of a pontifical university in the Eternal City.

Sister Mary Melone as was appointed by the Vatican congregation for Catholic Education – headed by cardinal Zenon Grocholewski for the period 2014-2017.

Prior to this appointment, she was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology in the university university run by the Order of Friars Minor.  She was also the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head in the same university, reported the Vatican Insider.

The nun, an expert on St. Anthony of Padua, was born in La Spezia in 1964. After finishing school with a specialization in classics, she joined the Franciscan Sisters of Blessed Angelina where she took her temporary vows in 1986 and then professed her perpetual vows in 1991.

In 1992 she graduated with a degree in teaching and philosophy from the Libera università Maria santissima assunta (LUMSA) with a thesis on “Corporeity and intersubjectivity  in Gabriel Marcel”.

She then studied theology at the Pontifical University Antonianum, where she had studied from 1983 to 1987, obtaining a degree in 1996 and then a PhD with a thesis on “The Holy Spirit in Riccardo di San Vittore’s De Trinitate” published in 2001.

Source: Vatican Insider

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