Today, Monday, 3 November 2014, the news was announced that our brother, Robert Francis Prevost, OSA, of the Province of Chicago, has been named by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator with episcopal character for the diocese of Chiclayo, Peru....
Today, Monday, 3 November 2014, the news was announced that our brother, Robert Francis Prevost, OSA, of the Province of Chicago, has been named by Pope Francis as Apostolic Administrator with episcopal character for the diocese of Chiclayo, Peru. Bishop-elect Prevost was born on 14 September 1955 in Chicago Illinois, USA. He entered the Order as a novice on 1 September 1977 in the Province of Chicago at the province’s novitiate in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, and professed his first vows on 2 September 1978. He professed solemn vows on 29 August 1981. He completed his philosophical studies at Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, (1973-1977), and his theological studies at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois (1977-1981). He then came to Rome for doctoral studies and was ordained to the priesthood on 19 June 1982 at Collegio Santa Monica, Rome, Italy. In 1985, he completed doctoral studies in Canon Law at the Pontificia Universitas Studiorum a Sancto Thoma Aquinate in Urbe, “Angelicum” (Rome). During the years 1985-1986 he was sent to the Vicariate of Chulucanas, Peru, and was appointed Chancellor of the Prelature. He returned to the United States in 1987, where he was in charge of vocational promotion and worked as the Procurator for the missions of his Province. In 1988, he returned to Trujillo, Peru, to initiate the first common formation house between the Vicariates of Chulucanas, Iquitos and Apurimac. In this community, in service to the pre-novices, and the professed, he occupied the post of Prior (1988-1992), Formation Director (1988-1999), Master of Professed (1993-1998), and as parish priest of the Parish of Saint Mary of Monserrat. In the Archdiocese of Trujillo, Fr. Robert worked as Judicial Vicar (1991-1998) and as Director of Studies at the Seminary “San Carlo y San Marcelo”. He was elected Prior Provincial of the Province of Chicago in 1998 and returned to the USA and began that mandate on 8 March 1999. At the Ordinary General Chapter of the Order in 2001 in Rome he was elected Prior General of the Order, a post he held for two terms ( 2001-2007 and 2007- 2013). In 2013 he returned to his Province where he has been serving as Director of Professed at Saint Augustine Friary, Chicago, Illinois and as Vicar Provincial of the Chicago Province.
On behalf of the entire Order, I wish to extend our sincere congratulations to Bishop-elect Robert F. Prevost as he is called to serve the Church in the episcopate, and let us all together offer him our fraternal support and remembrance in our prayers for him as he undertakes this new ministry.
Fr. Alejandro Moral Antón OSA