First woman in history appointed rector of Pontifical University

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(Vatican Insider) The Vatican has nominated Franciscan Sr. Mary Melone as head of the Pontifical University Antonianum.

The Congregation for Catholic Education, headed by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski,  has nominated Franciscan sister, Sr. Mary Melone, an expert on St. Anthony of Padua, to lead the pontifical university.

This is not her first time breaking the mold.  Sr. Mary was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head; and now she is the first woman to become a rector of a pontifical university in the Eternal City.

Sr. Mary (birth name Maria Domenica) Melone was born in La Spezia in 1964. After finishing school with a specialization in classics, she joined the Franciscan Sisters of Blessed Angelina where she took her temporary vows in 1986 and then professed her perpetual vows in 1991. In 1992…

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