The professor. Fr Andrea Bozzolo is the new Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS),Rome
Congregation for Catholic Education issued the Decree(prot. No. 467/2021) which appoints prof. Andrea Bozzolo Magnificent Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University. Its mandate, as established by the Executive Decree (9 July 2021, prot. No. 41/2021) of the Grand Chancellor d. Ángel Fernández Artime, will start from 3 August 2021. The professor. Bozzolo has been a professor at the Salesian Pontifical University since 1999. He is currently Full Professor of Systematic Theology of the Faculty of
Theology, in the Turin section, of which he was Dean from 2008 to 2017. He is also Professor in charge of Systematic Theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy and the Theology of Marriage at the John Paul II Institute for studies on marriage and the family.
He is a member of the Italian Theological Association and collaborated with the Pontifical Council for the Family (2014-2015). He participated as an expert in the Synod of Bishops "Young people, faith and vocational discernment" (3-28 October 2018) and in the last two General Chapters of the Salesian Congregation.
Born in Mondovì (CN) in 1966, Andrea Bozzolo has been a Salesian since 1986 and a priest since 1995. He is a Doctor of Classical Literature with a thesis defended in 1992 in Turin on “L'ermeneutica di Agostino. Theory and reading of the Enarratio in Ps. 103 ".
In 2002, at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy, he obtained a Doctorate in Systematic Theology with a thesis entitled: “The sacramental effectiveness of faith. Mystery, symbol and rite in Odo Casel ”, published in its entirety with the title“ Mystery, symbol and rite in Odo Casel ”(Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City 2003). His curriculum vitae is full of publications in the area of systematic and liturgical theology, and of Salesian pastoral and spirituality. "I have known Fr Andrea Bozzolo since we began the journey of Salesian life together, from the Novitiate to philosophical and theological studies, and I have great esteem as a Salesian and as a qualified and appreciated teacher", the words of the outgoing Rector Fr Mauro
Mantovani. "I remember, for example, his magnificent speech here at UPS on the occasion of the International Congress" Youth and life choices "in September 2018, a few days before the beginning of the Synod of Bishops, in which he participated as an Expert, on young people , faith and vocational discernment. I am particularly pleased that with his appointment one of our two sections of the Faculty of Theology, that of Turin, is enhanced, just after having concluded the 80th anniversary of the foundation of our Institution, which was born right there where Don Bosco himself lived and worked. Personally, and on behalf of the entire academic community of the UPS, I extend my warmest and most heartfelt wishes to Fr Andrea for good work, certain that the new Rector will be able to count on the convinced collaboration and support and friendship of every member and component of our University. I will immediately put myself at your disposal both for the necessary handover and for everything you may need to carry out your important task in the best possible way right away ”.