Sister Simona Brambilla was appointed by Pope Francis as secretary (in other words number 2) of the dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Vatican announced on Saturday October 7. After Alessandra Smerilli, Nathalie Becquart, Rafaella Petrini and Francesca di Giovanni, she is the fifth woman appointed to such high positions at the Vatican.
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Sister Simona Brambilla is the former superior general of the Missionaries of Consolation, an Italian women’s religious congregation. Born in Monza, Italy, on March 27, 1965, she studied nursing and obtained her diploma before entering religious life and making her first profession in 1991.
Doctor of Psychology
In 1998, he obtained a degree in psychology from the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University. After her perpetual profession in 1999, she became involved in youth ministry in Mozambique. From 2002 to 2006 she was a professor at the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University.
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During all these years, Sister Simona has combined increasing responsibilities within her congregation – general councilor from 2005, then superior general in 2011, re-elected in 2017 until May 2023 – and the pursuit of her psychology studies. . She obtained a doctorate from the Gregorian in 2008.
Since 2019, she has been a member of the dicastery of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, whose prefect is Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz.