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Dom Giacomo Brière, Abbot of Tre Fontane (diocese of Roma, Italy) since 1996, having reached the age of retirement mentioned in ST 40.A of the Constitutions, presented his resignation to the General Chapter, Assisi 2017.

The General Chapter accepted the resignation which became effective on October 27, 2017. He then served his community as Superior ad nutum until the appointment of a new Superior.

In order to find a solution for the future of the community, the Abbot General, at the request of Dom Guerric Reitz-Sejotte, Abbot of la Trappe and Father Inmediate of Tre Fontane, presented to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA) a proposal concerning the appointment of a new superior for Tre Fontane.

On November 22, 2018, the CIVCSVA appointed Father Alessandro Gazzola (C.S) as Superior of Tre Fontane for a three year term. The appointement became effective on December 3, 2018.

Father Alessandro Gazzola was born in 1955 at Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza, Italy). He entered the Missionaries of Saint Charles (Scalabrinians) and he was ordained a priest in 1982. On 2006 he was appointed as Rector of the Istituto Teologico internazionale scalabriniano of Rome. He was Superior General of his Congregation from 2012 until October 2018.

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