Within the framework of the XVII General Assembly of CIDALC taking place in Mexico, Fr Samalot Yamil Rivera has been elected as the Secretary General of CIDALC. He is from the General Vicariate of the Holy Cross in Puerto Rico.
Fr Yamil is from Isabela in Puerto Rico. After his novitiate in the Province of St Louis Bertrand, Colombia, he made his first profession in 2002. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He has a doctorate in the Language and Literature of Luso-Brazilian from Brown University, Providence, RI (USA) and another in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical University of Javeriana, Bogota.
In his General Vicariate, he has served as the Moderator of the Center of Theological Studies, at the Central University of Bayamon and as the rector of the Shrine of St Martin de Porres in Catao. He was the coordinator of the CIDALC Caribbean Zone (2010-2013).