The friars of the Province of Switzerland, gathered at their Provincial Chapter have elected fr Guido Vergauwen as their new Prior Provincial. The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cador has confirmed the election and fr Guido has accepted.
Born in Flanders in 1944, Guido joined the Order and made his first profession of religious vows in 1963. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1969. He has studied philosophy and theology in Leuven, Fribourg, Tbingen and Zurich.
He is a professor of fundamental theology and has been teaching for many years mostly at the University of Fribourg. He has served in various capacities in the same university and since 2007, he has been the rector of the university. He has special interest in Philosophy of Religion and Ecumenism and he has published several books on these issues and many others.
In the Order, he has served as the Socius of the Master of the Order for Intellectual Life. In 2008, he was award the Magister Sacra Theologia (MST) by the Master of the Order.
(08 January 2015)