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Fr. Gabriel M. Pellettieri (of the Annunciation) - Co-founder
Anthony Pellettieri, as a religious Fr. Gabriel Mary, was born at Vaglio, Basilicata (Potenza, Italy) on June 11, 1940 from Raphael Pelletieri and Antonia Biscione.
By ten years of age he entered in the minor seminary of the Order of Friars Minor, Conventuals, of Ravello, Italy, where he would then attend grade school. He personally encountered Fr. Stefano M. Manelli in the Seminary of Sant'Anastasia (Naples) where he would complete his studies.
On September 17, 1957, he made his simple profession of vows; on September 17, 1961 his solemn profession; on March 14, 1965 he is ordained a priest; he obtained his licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Theological Faculty, the "Seraphicum" (Rome).
Between the years of 1966-69, being sent from one friary to another in Conventuals Province of Naples, Fr. Gabriel finds himself in the same community with Fr. Stefano, and begins to have a profound spiritual and fraternal relationship with him. Between 1967-70, Fr. Gabriel became the vice-rector and professor of Italian language and literature at the Order's Minor Seminary. On August 2, 1970, after the approval of the Minister General and that of the Provincial Chapter of the Conventuals in Naples, he joins Fr. Stefano to begin the new experience of a renewed form of Franciscan life at the Marian House, or better known as “Casa Mariana”, of Frigento (AV, Italy), following the “Traccia Mariana”, i.e. the Marian Form of Franciscan Life.
He then became superior of the Marian House of Frigento for six years (1973-1979).
On August 23, 1979, together with three other religious brothers of the Community of the “Casa Mariana” at Frigento, leaves as missionary to the Philippine Islands; remaining as superior of the mission up until April, 1989, when he would be called to return to Italy. For three years (1980-1983) he was rector of the parishes St. Francis and Santa Quiteria of Manila and for three years he also becomes the master of novices in the Seminary of the Immaculate of Novaliches (Manila).
He would lead and assist the first female group from Novaliches, which would then become the religious community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate.
On the occasion of the inauguration of the Institute of Franciscans of the Immaculate as diocesan right, he is elected Vicar general (June 23, 1990), position held even up to today. Since 2008, he is also the National Delegate of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Italy.