Gathered at the Convent of St Thomas Aquinas in Avila, the capitular friars of the Province of Our Lady of the Rosary have elected fr Bonifacio Garca Sols as their Prior Provincial. The election has been confirmed by the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cador and fr Bonifacio has accepted. He succeeds fr Javier Gonzalez Izquierdo who has just concluded his second term.
Fr Bonifacio was born in 1945 at Santibez de Murias, Asturias, Spain. He entered the novitiate in 1962 and made his first profession the following year. He completed his philosophical studies in Madrid in 1967 and his theological studies in 1971. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1971. He has a Doctorate degree in Moral Theology from the Alphonsian Academy and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
After studying English in England for a year, he was assigned to the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, where he has been teaching in the Faculties of Theology and Philosophy, College of Nursing, Graduate School, etc. At UST he obtained his Master of Arts in Philosophy in 1977. He has held several offices at UST including the Office of Vice Rector of UST Central Seminary (1976-79) and Prior of UST Community (1980-86).
He was elected Regional Prior in 1986 while he continued teaching in the Faculties of Theology and Philosophy at UST, Aquinas School and the Seminary of San Fernando. In 1993, he was appointed Socius of the Provincial and transferred to Hong Kong. In 1997, he was elected Prior Provincial, an office he held for three terms (1997 – 2009). He has also served as Master of Novices (2009-2013) and Syndic of the Provincial (2013-2017).
(05 August 2017)