The Congregation for Catholic Education (for Seminaries and Educational Institutions) designated Rev. Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa, Jr., O.P., as Rector of the UST Central Seminary through a decree dated September 7, 2012.
Fr. Pedregosa was born in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo on October 18, 1953.
He joined the Order of Preachers in 1971, the year when the Dominican Province of the Philippines was established. He made his first religious profession on May 19, 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood on March 25, 1981.
After working for two years at the Parish of Santo Domingo, Quezon City, he was assigned to formation ministry as Master of the Students (of professed student-brothers) for nine years (1983-1992). He was elected Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines for three terms (1992-1996; 1996-2000; 2008-2012) and he was stationed in Rome as General Councilor and Socius (Assistant) for Asia Pacific Region of the Master of the Order of Preachers from 2001 to 2008. He was Co-Chairperson of the Association of the Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) and member of the Episcopal Commission on Mutual Relations from 2010 until the end of his term as Provincial in April 2012.
Fr. Pedregosa served for twelve years as Vice Chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the universities, colleges and schools in the country, owned or supervised by the Dominican Province of the Philippines. He has lectured at the Faculty of Theology of UST on Spiritual Theology and Religious Life. He has written articles on Spirituality, Religious Life and Mission. He has authored recently two books, both published by the Dominican Institute of Preaching, Quezon City: The Love that is Mission (2011) and Leadership for Mission (2012). He holds the following degrees: AB Philosophy, Bachelor in Sacred Theology, MA Theology, and Ph.D in Humanities (Honoris Causa).
Source: Boletin Ecclesiastico de Filipinas, Jan-Feb 2012 issue, p.vi.