Brother Ricardo Guardado Flores, O.P., was elected Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Vincent Ferrer in Central America on May 18, 2021, during its fourth Provincial Chapter at the Casa de Espiritualidad San Benito, Heredia in Costa Rica. The election was confirmed by the Master of the Order on the same day and Bro. Ricardo accepted his election on May 20, 2021.
Born on January 14, 1978, at the San Francisco, La Virtud, Lempira in Honduras, Bro. Ricardo made profession in the Order on January 26, 2002, and was eventually ordained a priest on October 24, 2009. He holds a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of Mexico.
He has collaborated in various tasks of the Province, which range from formation to mission. He was director of the Pre-Novitiate in San José, Costa Rica from 2017 to 2019. He likewise worked among the indigenous brothers in Cahabón, Alta Vera Paz in Guatemala. Currently, he collaborates with the CIDALC (Conferencia Interprovincial de Dominicos en América Latina y el Caribe) as Promoter of Justice and Peace in the region.
Until his election, Bro. Ricardo was superior of the community of Santa Maria del Rosario, Cahabon, Alta Verapaz in Guatemala.