Fr José Fernandes Alves is the New Provincial of Brazil

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Fr José Fernandes Alves
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The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré has confirmed the election of fr José Fernandes Alves as the New Prior Provincial of the Province of Frei Bartolomeo de Las Casas in Brazil. Fr José has accepted the election. He succeeds fr Edivaldo Antonio dos Santos as the 6th Prior Provincial of Province of Brazil.

Fr José was born in 1955 at Espirito Santo do Turvo, São Paulo. He made his first profession in the Order in 1978 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1981. He has degrees in Philosophy and Theology and a postgraduate degree in Education and Human Rights.

Fr José is an expert on the issues of human rights, justice and peace and has worked in various capacities in that field. He is the Coordinator of the Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace of the Dominican Family in Brazil. He is also a member of the National Justice and Peace Team of the Conference of Religious of Brazil and of the Justice and Peace Commission of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.

In 1998 he was elected as the first Prior Provincial of the Province of Brazil, so this will be his second non-consecutive term as Provincial.

(28 January 2018)