The Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Fr David Martnez De Aguirre Guinea, O.P. as the Coadjutor Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Maldonado (Peru).
The bishop-elect was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain in 1970. He had his primary and secondary education at Marianista Santa Mara Ikastetxea di Vitria-Gasteiz. He made his first profession of religious vows in the Order in 1993 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1999 after studying philosophy and theology at lIstituto Superiore di Filosofia., Valladolid (1993-1995) and La Facolt di Teologia di San Esteban, Salamanca (1995-1998) respectively. He holds a licentiate in biblical theology from the University of Deusto, Bilbao and has also studied at the cole Biblique in Jerusalem (1998-2000).
He has served in the apostolic vicariate of Puerto Maldonado, as lecturer in biblical theology in the seminary of the vicariate, as priest in the parish of Inmaculada Concepcion de Kirigueti and as head of the mission of Kirigueti. He is currently head of the San Pedro Martir de Timpia mission, member of the directorate of the Jose Pio Aza cultural centre in Lima advisor of the regional Dominican vicariate Santa Rosa de Lima.
Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Maldonado has a total population of 324,000, among whom are, 259,000 Catholics, 56 priests and 67 religious.
(08 july 2014)