The current Custos

The present Custos is Fr. Francesco Patton, who has been elected Custos of the Holy Land by the General Definitorium of the Order of Friars Minor on 20 May 2016 for a six-year term.

Fra Francesco Patton
Fr. Francesco Patton was born in Trent in the diocese of Trent on December 23rd, 1963. He belongs to the Franciscan
Province of St. Anthony in Italy. He made his first religious profession on September 7th 1983 and his solemn profession on October 4th, 1986; then was ordained to the ministerial priesthood on May 26th, 1989. In 1993 he earned a Licentiate in Communication Sciences at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.

He served in various capacities in his province and also within the Order. He was twice Secretary General of the General Chapters in 2003 and 2009. Visitator General in 2003. Minister Provincial of St. Vigilium (Trent, Italy) from 2008 to 2016.
President of the Conference of Provincial Ministers of Italy and Albania (COMPI), 2010-2013.

He also served in many capacities outside of the Order: as member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council and secretary of the Diocesan Pastoral Council of the archdiocese of Trent; professor of Social Communications at the Studio Teologico Accademico Tridentino; collaborator of the Diocesan Weekly, the Diocesan Radio and Telepace Trent; and enrolled with the journalists of Trentino-Alto Adige as publicist since 1991.

He is fluent in English and Spanish, besides his native Italian.