The friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, USA have re-elected fr Mark Padrez as their Prior Provincial for another four years.
Having been confirmed by fr. Bruno Cador, OP, the Master General of the Order, fr. Mark has accepted the election and has subsequently made his profession of faith.
Born and raised in Nogales, Arizona in 1963, he was studying at the University of Arizona when he met the Dominicans at the Newman Center of the University. Having been impressed by the Dominican life and after much reflection and prayers, he joined the Order in 1987 and made his first profession the next year. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1995.
After his ordination, he was assigned to the Holy Rosary Church, Antioch, California and later to the Newman Center at the University of California of San Diego. He has served as the Director of Vocations and Socius of the Province. He was first elected Prior Provincial in 2011.

(12 January 2015)