Franciscan Sister Appointed to General Secretariat of Synod of Bishops

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August 09, 2021

Sr. Marie Kolbe Zamora will serve the Holy See beginning this Fall.

Cardinal Mario Grech has appointed Sr. Marie Kolbe Zamora, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, to serve as an official for the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. Zamora’s appointment commences at the Vatican on Sept. 1, 2021.  In her new role, Zamora will be working with Cardinal Grech (General Secretary for the Synod of Bishops), Bishop Luis Marín de San Martín and Sister Nathalie Becquart (Undersecretaries for the General Secretariat), and the other members of the Secretariat team in its preparation for and implementation of Synod Assemblies.

“As a Congregation, we strive to listen, discern and respond to the needs of the Church. This appointment for Sister Marie Kolbe is a recognition of the talents God has given her to develop in order to serve the needs of others. It is a call from the Church to use her scholarship for the work of the Church through the Synod of Bishops. The appointment is a humble privilege and honor,” said Sr. Natalie Binversie, Community Director of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

Zamora earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2015. Hailing from Texas, Zamora began studying theology as an undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where she graduated in 1989 with a BA in Philosophy and Theology. She made her final vows with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in 1999 and, except for her time studying in Rome (2004-2011), has been teaching Theology at both the high school and collegiate levels since 1994.

“It is a profound honor to have been invited by Cardinal Grech to serve the Holy Father’s labor for the Church in and through the Synod of Bishops. I look forward to learning the work of the General Secretariat and to contributing in any way possible to a deepened sense of ecclesial communion,” Zamora said.

About the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

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About the Synod of Bishops

 “The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution established by Pope Paul VI, 15 September 1965, in response to the desire of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to keep alive the spirit of collegiality engendered by the conciliar experience.” As an expression of episcopal collegiality, the Synod of Bishops provides the Bishops with the means to assist the Holy Father in his governance of the Church.

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Article Comments:

Sr. Catherine Gilles 08/10/2021 @ 9:24 am

Congratulations and “thank you” to Sr. Marie Kolbe Zamora for your service to the Church in this important way. I will keep you in prayer.


Sr. Sharon Paul, O.S.F. 08/10/2021 @ 2:54 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to you, Sr. Marie Kolbe on this awesome task of serving the Church AND World. May the Holy Spirit be your guide & with whom all those you work. Pax et Bonum!


Fr. Placid Stroik, OFM 08/10/2021 @ 9:01 pm

Blessings Sr. Marie Kolbe as you respond generously to serve all in God’s creation through the Synod of Bishops. The world is the living Body of Christ and we are all blessed in your service. Your gifts help to complete what is lacking. thank you. Fr. Placid


Sister Anne Marie Lom 08/11/2021 @ 6:33 pm

Be assured, Sister Marie Kolbe, of my prayerful support as you launch into this ministry! The Church needs you!


Sister Julie Ann Sheahan 08/12/2021 @ 3:58 pm

Sister Marie Kolbe, what you hold, may you always hold. What you do, may you always do and never abandon. But with swift pace, light step, and unswerving feet, so that even your steps stir up no dust, go forward securely, joyfully and swiftly, on the path of prudent happiness…may St. Clare ever intercede for you.


Sister Rochelle Kerkhof 08/30/2021 @ 5:28 pm

Congratulations, Sister Marie Kolbe! May you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as you prepare for your new ministry in our Church. God will guide you and sustain you as you move forward. Know that we are keeping you in prayer each day. Peace and all good!


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