Fr. Giovanni Grosso, O.Carm., Postulator General
Fr. Giovanni was born in Rome on March 27, 1958. After he obtained a degree in Political Sciences in the University of Studies “La Sapienza” in Rome, he entered the Carmelite Order in 1983; he made his first profession on October 10, 1984 and was ordained a priest on June 29, 1989. At the end of his studies in Philosophy and Theology, he obtained a Doctorate in Ecclesiastical History in the Pontifical Gregorian University.
He held several responsibilities in the Italian Province: Prior of different communities (Pisa, Rome – Traspontina, Rome Mostacciano), he was Parish Vicar in several Parishes; for a three year term he was responsible for the formation of professed students; several times he was a member of the Provincial Council as Counsellor, Assistant and Vice Prior Provincial. He was Assistant Provincial of the Carmelite Third Order and worked a lot for the spiritual and cultural formation of the laity. He was member of the General Commission for formation which drew up the second edition of the Ratio institutionis (Rome 2000), he has collaborated in the redaction of the Ratio institutionis for the Cloistered Sisters (Rome 2007); he has been and is member of the International Commission for the laity.
He teaches Church History and Theology of Consecrated Life in the Pontifical Faculty of Theology “Marianum” and also in the Inter Diocesan Institute of Religious Sciences of the Castelli Romani. In addition to his Doctoral thesis - Blessed Jean Soreth (1394-1471), Prior General, reformer and Spiritual Master of the Carmelite Order, Rome 2007 – he has published a book of Lectio Divina on Marian texts – With Mary Daughter of Sion, listening to the Word, Padua 2002 – and numerous scientific articles which have appeared in several reviews.
Since November 2007 he is General Postulator of the Order and Dean of the Institutum Carmelitanum, as well as Director of Carmelus, and Vice Prior of the community of the General Curia.
Email: ggrosso @ ocarm.org