CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 23 September 2017

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New Dominican prior provincial

HONG KONG (SE): Father Bonifacio García Solís was elected prior provincial for the Province of Our Lady of the Rosary by the capitular friars of the Dominican Order at a gathering at the Convent of St. Thomas Aquinas in Avila, Spain. The election was confirmed by the master of the order, Father Bruno Cadoré.
 
Father Solís succeeds Father Javier Gonzalez Izquierdo, who has concluded his second term.
 
Father Bonifacio was born in 1945 at Santibáñez de Murias, Asturias, Spain. He entered the novitiate in 1962 and made his first profession the following year. He completed his philosophical studies in Madrid in 1967 and his theological studies in 1971.
 
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1971. He also has a doctorate degree in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
 
After a year studying English in England, he was assigned to the University of Sto. Tomas in  Manila, The Philippines, where he taught in the faculties of theology and philosophy, the College of Nursing and the Graduate School. 
 
At Sto. Tomas he obtained a master of arts in philosophy in 1977. He held several posts there, including vice rector of the Central Seminary from 1976 to 1979 and prior of the community from 1980 to 1986.
 
He was elected regional prior in 1986 and in 1993 was appointed socius to the provincial and transferred to Hong Kong. 
 
In 1997, he was elected prior provincial, an office he held for three terms from 1997 to 2009. He also served as master of novices from 2009 to 2013 and syndic of the provincial from 2013 to 2017.

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