Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed the Dominican friar, Jorge Giovanny Pazmio Abril as the new Bishop of Ambato in Ecuador. He is the Vice Provincial of the Vice Province of St Catherine of Siena, Ecuador.
The bishop-elect was born in 1965 at Baos, Tungurahua Province, Ecuador. He entered the Order in 1987 and after his Novitiate, he made his first religious profession of vows the following year. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and was ordained to the priesthood in 1995.
After his ordination, he studied Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome. He has since been involved in various pastoral and academic ministries as Chaplain, Pastor of various parishes and Professor of Theology and Philosophy at various institutions.
In the Order, he has been the Promoter of Vocations in his Vice Province, the Superior of the community at Guayaquil and the Secretary General of the Conferencia Interprovincial de los Padres Dominicos de Amrica Latina y el Caribe (CIDALC). In 2011, he was elected the Vicar General of the General Vicariate of Ecuador which was later erected a Vice Province in August 2014.
The Diocese of Ambato covers an area of 3,844 sq-km with a population of 538,800 of which 499,000 are Catholics. The diocese has 98 priests, 3 deacons and 217 religious.

(20 January 2015)