Appointment of fr. Fernando Antonio GARCÍA FERNÁNDEZ, O.P. as the new Promoter General of the Nuns.

fr Fernando Antonio GARCÍA FERNÁNDEZ, O.P. – Promoter General of the Nuns

The Master of the Order, fr Gerard Francisco TIMONER III, O.P. has appointed fr Fernando Antonio GARCÍA FERNÁNDEZ, O.P. as Promoter General of the Nuns. Fr Fernando succeeds fr César VALERO BAJO, O.P. whom we thank and pray for.

Fr. Fernando is from Mexico City and was born on November 18, 1954.

Academic Formation:

He studied accounting at the “Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México”. He entered the Order of Preachers in the province of Santiago de Mexico in 1979. He made his novitiate and first profession in 1980. He studied philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) from 1980 to 1983 and at the same time at the Study Centre of the Province. Then he studied theology at the Province’s Centre of Studies, with the Jesuit brothers in their study centre and at the “Universidad Iberoamericana” in Mexico City from 1983 to 1986. He completed his theological studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, from 1986 to 1988, obtaining a Master’s degree with a specialization in Moral Theology.

Fr Fernando was ordained priest on December 10, 1988.

Service in formation and study centres:

He was assigned for two years to the “Centro Universitario Cultural” (CUC), CDMX. He was then a student of theology (1990-1997) and of philosophy in the city of León, Guanajuato (1997-2001). He was then appointed provincial treasurer (2001-2005) and also worked in the parish of Santa Rosa in Lima from 2002 to 2005. He was immediately assigned as treasurer of the convent where the novitiate is located, where he taught the novices (2005-2010). He returned to Santa Rosa House as superior from 2010 to 2013. He was Rector of the House of the Divine Redeemer from 2013 to 2014 and returned to Santa Rosa on mission from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was elected prior of the Convent of St. Thomas Aquinas, which welcomes students of theology. In 2019 he was appointed by the Master of the Order as Promoter of the Nuns.

At the same time, he developed teaching work in different study centres: at the Province’s Centre of Studies, at the Thomas Aquinas Centre for Philosophical Studies, Ibero-American University, at the Institute of Inter-Congregational Theological Formation (IFTIM) and at the Pontifical University of Mexico (UPM) where for 15 years he taught mainly morals in different fields, but also philosophy (anthropology, ethical systems in history, philosophical ethics), the sacraments and the history of Israel.

In 1997 fr Fernando published: “Economy, bourgeoisie and neoliberalism” at the “Universidad Iberoamericana” (Mexico).

On February 16, 2011, he was appointed Religious Assistant of the Federation of Dominican Nuns of Mexico, until October 2019, when he was appointed Promoter General of the nuns.

Santa Sabina, February 16, 2020

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