Fr Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP is the Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

Fr Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP

Pope Francis has nominated fr Carlos Azpiroz Costa as the Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Fr Carlos is a son of the Province of Argentina and the former Master of the Order.

He was born on the 3oth of October 1956 in Buenos Aires. He had his primary and secondary education at the school of the Marist Brothers and commenced the study of Civil Law at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires before joining the Order. He joined the Order in 1980 and made his simple profession of religious vows in 1981.

After his simple profession, he concluded his Civil Law studies and then studied Philosophy and Theology at the Institutional House of Studies of the Province at the Convent of Santo Domingo in Buenos Aires. He made his solemn profession in 1984. During these years, he taught Catechism at the Catholic School of the Dominican Sisters of Santo Rosario and at the Catholic University of Argentina. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1987 after which he continued his academic and pastoral apostolates.

In 1992, he obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome. Back in his Province, from 1992 to 1995, he was the Prior of the Novitiate Convent of San Martin de Porres at Mar del Plata while teaching at the University Fasta di Mar del Plata, the Catholic University of Argentina, Buenos Aires and the Centre of Studies and Reflection of the Diocese of Mar del Plata. In 1995, he was elected the Provincial Secretary and Prior of the Convent of San Pedro Telmo in Buenos Aires.

In 1997, he was nominated as the Procurator General of the Order. For this, he was assigned to the Convent of Santa Sabina, Rome where he was also the Rector of the Basilica of Santa Sabina and a lecturer at the Angelicum.

On the 14th of July 2001, he was elected the Master of the Order of Preachers at the General Chapter of Providence for 9 years. At the conclusion of his tenure as Master of the Order, he returned to his Province and he was elected as the Sub-prior of the Convent of Santissimo Rosario at San Miguel de Tucuman and then Prior of the Convent of Santa Catalina de Siena at Cordoba. Since February 2014, he has been the Superior of the Community of San Martin de Porres at Mar del Plata.

The Archdiocese of Bahia Blanca occupies much of the south of the Province of Buenos Aires in Argentina: Landmass - 82.625 sq/km, Population - 757.000, Catholics - 647.000, Priests - 83, Religious - 202, Permanent Deacons - 18).

His episcopal ordination will be held at Bahia Blanca on the 22nd of December 2015.


(03 November 2015)