Fr. Roberto Maria Pirastu
IV Definitor • Semi-Province of Austria
Fr. Robert was born 25 December 1968 in the Sardinian city of Cagliari. After his Secondary studies, he moved to Germany in 1987 for Informative Studies courses at the University of Erlangen-Norimberga. After his Doctorate, here he transferred to Austria for Doctorate studies at the Research Institute for Symbolic Calculus (RISC) in the Johannes Kepler University of Linz. He entered our Order in August 1995 and concluded his doctorate as a Postulant in 1996. He made his First Profession 20 September 1997 and was Solemnly Professed 15 August 2001. On June 28 2003, he was ordained a Priest in Linz. He studied Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of Linz and was conferred with a Masters degree in 2003.
From 2005, Fr. Robert held various roles of government in the Austrian semi-Province:-
2005-2008 Prior of Graz; 2008-2011 Provincial; 2011-2014 Prior of Vienna and Vicar Provincial; 2014-2017 Provincial; 2017-20 Vicar Provincial; 2020- Prior of Vienna and Vicar Provincial. He served as Missions’ Procurator and a member of the Economic Commission of the Order for a number of years. At the moment, he is still Director of the Editorial House of “Christliche Innerlickeir” and President of the Edith Stein Gesellschaft Osterreich (the Edith Stein Society of Austria). For the past number of years he has also been the Religious Assistant of the Magna Mater Austriae Federation of Carmelite Nuns in Austria.
He was elected Definitor General 8 September 2021 at the 92nd General Chapter of the Order in Rome.