On Tuesday, 13 July 2021, at Collegio Internationale San Lorenzo da Brindisi (Rome),  His Eminence, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, who was appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis, to serve as Cardinal Delegate at the OFM General Chapter 2021, announced with joy that MASSIMO FUSARELLI was elected as the new OFM Minister General for 2021- 2027.

Born in Rome on March 30, 1963, he took on the Franciscan habit on July 28, 1982. On July 30, 1983 he made his temporary vows; he professed solemn vows on January 8, 1989. On September 30, 1989 he received the priestly order.

After the Institutional Theological Course at the Antonianum in Rome, he obtained a Licentiate in Patristic Sciences at the Augustinianum in Rome.

He was Provincial Definitor, Animator of the pastoral care of vocations and then of ongoing formation; several times Guardian; General Secretary of Formation and Studies from 2003 to 2009; General Visitor for the Province of Naples and then for the unification process of the Provinces of Northern Italy. He was Guardian and Parish Priest in S. Francesco a Ripa and in charge of the project to welcome the poor when the friars elected him Minister Provincial of the Roman Province in 2020.

May the Spirit of the Lord guide our brother as he takes up his ministry among and for the Franciscan family worldwide.