Giovanni Parenti

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Giovanni Parenti, O.F.M. [1] (died 1250) was an Italian Friar Minor and successor of St. Francis of Assisi as head of the Order.

Parenti led a mission to the Iberian peninsula in 1219; [2] and became Minister Provincial for that region.

In 1220, Francis resigned the office of general of the order, which he entrusted first to Peter of Cattaneo. Upon Peter's early death on 10 March, 1221, he appointed Elias of Cortona but retained a certain supreme direction of the order until his death on 3 October 1226. Elias of Cortona, as the vicar general of Francis, summoned the regular Pentecost chapter for the following year, and on 29 May 1227, Parenti, a jurist, was chosen as first successor of St. Francis and first minister-general. He has often been regarded as a native of Florence, but probably came from the neighborhood of Rome. [3]

Gregory IX employed the new general on political missions at Florence and Rome, and charged the Franciscans with the direction and maintenance of the Poor Clares. [3]

At the 1230 General Chapter, Elias attempted to take charge of the Order; but he was resisted. [4] He was elected Minister General only in 1232, after Parenti had been put under pressure to step down. [5]

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References

  1. Johannes, Joannes, John Parenti; Johannes Parens.
  2. "Friars Minor Conventual". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-11-16.
  3. 1 2 Bihl, Michael. "Order of Friars Minor." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 6. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 28 December 2019PD-icon.svgThis article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. 1226_1274
  5. Colin Morris, The Papal Monarchy: The Western Church from 1050 to 1250, p. 462.

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Preceded by
first with title
Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor
12271232
Succeeded by
Elias of Cortona