On November 12, 2020, the Master of the Order, Brother Gerard Francisco Timoner III, O.P., appointed Brother Juan Ubaldo López Salamanca, O.P., as President of the Council of Spem Miram Internationalis (SMI).
He succeeds Brother Krzysztof Poplawski, O.P., of the Province of Poland, who has just completed his mandate.
Br. Ubaldo is a son of the Province of San Luis Bertrán in Colombia. He is currently the General Promoter of the Laity.
Spem Miram Internationalis is an organization of the Order of Preachers under the direction of the General Chapters and the Master of the Order. It was created to manage the Order’s solidarity funds and to seek new ways of supporting the formation of the friars and the mission of the Order. It operates under the direction of a Council appointed by the Master of the Order.
The current members of the SMI Council are Br. Richard Ounsworth, O.P., Br. Pablo Condrac, O.P., Br. Benjamin Sombel Sarr, O.P., and Br. Anthony Walsh, O.P.