The Holy Father, Pope Francis has nominated Fr Jos Cayetano Parra Novo as the new Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala. He is a son of the Province of Hispania.
The bishop-elect was born in 1950 in Otvar, Spain, made his religious vows in 1974, and was ordained a priest in 1979.
He holds a licenciate in theology from the Salesian Theological Institute of Francisco Marroqun University in Guatemala City, and has served in a number of roles, including missionary in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Parish Priest, and Superior of the local Dominican communities.
At the time of his nomination, he was the rector of the San Agustn Church in Guatemala City, assessor for family pastoral ministry for the Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala and the Guatamalan Episcopal Conference. He was also a member of the College of Consultors, the presbyteral council and the commission for the permanent diaconate of the same archdiocese.
Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala covers an area of 2,591 square kilometres with a population of 5,423,000: 4,338,000 Catholics, 577 priests, 3 permanent deacons and 1,589 religious.
(12 Novembre 2016)