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Gherardo Gambelli

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The Reverend

Gherardo Gambelli
Roman Catholic priest
Archbishop-elect of Florence
Gambelli interviewed on Padre Pio TV in 2024
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed18 April 2024
Installed24 June 2024
PredecessorGiuseppe Betori
Ordination2 June 1996
by Silvano Piovanelli
Consecration24 June 2024 (scheduled)
Personal details
Born (1969-06-23) 23 June 1969 (age 55)
Viareggio, Italy
DenominationRoman Catholic
Coat of arms
Ordination history
Priestly ordination
Date2 June 1996
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorTBA
Date24 June 2024 (scheduled)
Styles of
Gherardo Gambelli
Reference styleThe Reverend
Informal styleFather

Gherardo Gambelli (born 23 June 1969) is a Roman Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Florence. He was appointed as Archbishop of Florence on 18 April 2024. He devoted more than a decade of his time as a priest to missionary work in Chad.

Early life[edit]

Gambelli was born in Viareggio on 23 June 1969[1] and raised in Castelfiorentino.[2] He studied at the major seminary in Florence and on 2 June 1996, he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Archdiocese of Florence by Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli, the archbishop of Florence at the time.[1][3]

Presbyteral ministry[edit]

Gambelli's first pastoral assignment was as parish vicar of the Chiesa di Santo Stefano in Pane [it] in the district of Rifredi. After four years as an assistant priest, he undertook studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, graduating with a licentiate in biblical theology in 2000. He then served as the administrator of the Pieve di Sant'Andrea in Cercina until 2006,[1] while also teaching as a visiting professor at the Major Seminary of N'Djamena in Chad from 2001 to 2006.[4]

After being awarded a doctorate from the Theological Faculty of Central Italy in 2007, Gambelli became a full-fledged pastor of Immacolata e San Martino in Montughi.[1] He served in that capacity for four years before being sent as a missionary priest to the Archdiocese of N'Djaména in Chad in 2011.[1][5] There, he served as parish priest of Sainte Joséphine Bakhita, was in charge of vocational pastoral care, and taught at the national minor seminary. Gambelli became rector of the Cathédrale Saint-Ignace in the neighbouring Apostolic Vicariate of Mongo in 2018, before being appointed vicar general of the vicariate following year. His years in Chad included two stints as a prison chaplain, from 2011 to 2017 at N'Djaména prison and from 2018 to 2022 at the prison in the Mongo Vicariate.[1]

Upon his return to Italy in 2023, Gambelli became pastor of Madonna della Tosse.[1][5] He was also assistant spiritual director of the seminary and a prison chaplain.[6]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Gambelli was appointed Archbishop of Florence on 18 April 2024.[1] His appointment was described by Il Messaggero as part of a pattern in which Pope Francis chooses dark horse candidates with experience in parish and missionary work for important sees.[5] Avvenire referred to him as "the priest of the peripheries, from Africa to prison".[6] Gambelli's episcopal consecration and installation are scheduled for 24 June.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Resignations and Appointments". Holy See Press Office. Holy See. 18 April 2024. Retrieved 18 April 2024.
  2. ^ "Don Gherardo Gambelli, chi è il missionario diventato arcivescovo di Firenze". La Nazione (in Italian). 18 April 2024. Retrieved 19 April 2024.
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae Don Gherardo Gambelli". Archdiocese of Florence (in Italian). Archived from the original on 19 April 2024. Retrieved 19 April 2024.
  4. ^ Bonciani, Mauro (17 April 2024). "Nuovo arcivescovo di Firenze, a breve l'annuncio del dopo Betori: sarà don Gambelli". Corriere Fiorentino (in Italian). Retrieved 19 April 2024.
  5. ^ a b c Giansoldati, Franca (18 April 2024). "A New Direction for the Church: No More Cardinals for Major Italian Cities". Il Messaggero. Rome. Retrieved 18 April 2024.
  6. ^ a b c Gambassi, Giacomo (18 April 2024). "La nomina. Chi è don Gambelli, il parroco missionario nuovo arcivescovo di Firenze". Avvenire (in Italian). Retrieved 19 April 2024.
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