Cardinal Rosa Chávez
Cardinal Rosa Chávez studied Philosophy and Theology at the San José de la Montaña Central Seminary in San Salvador. His priestly ordination took place on January 24, 1970, in the Cathedral of San Miguel. He was appointed on February 17, 1982 auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of San Salvador, El Salvador. On May 21, 2017, Pope Francis announced the convocation of a session in which Bishop Rosa Chavez would be created a cardinal of the Catholic Church along with four prelates from other continents. On June 28, 2017, Pope Francis imposed the cardinal's hat on him in a public consistory celebrated in the Basilica of San Pedro, being the first Salvadorian to be incorporated into the College of Cardinals under the title of Cardinal Presbyter of the Blessed Sacrament.
Bishop Elias Bolanos Avelar, SDB
Bishop Elías Bolaños, sdb, studied philosophy and theology at the Salesian Institute at the Guatemalan University of San Carlos, where he also obtained the title of professor in secondary education. He obtained a degree in educational sciences from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome. He made his religious profession on January 6, 1970. He was ordained a priest on October 7, 1979. He was named Diocesan Bishop of Zacatecoluca on February 27, 1998.
Dr. Jaime Sevilla
Dr. Jaime Sevilla is a native of El Salvador; he obtained his Doctorate in Theology at Revelation University in 2012, Miami, Florida, USA. He studied Philosophy at the Nuestra Señora del Camino Major Seminary, Sololá, Guatemala. He completed his theological studies at the Catholic University of the Americas, in Washington, DC. He graduated from the Master of Theology at Faith Theological College and his most recent graduation was at the University of Portland with a Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry. He is currently Director of Hispanic Ministry at San Pius X Parish, Oregon. Preacher, professor, writer of theological books and articles; He is also a composer and singer-songwriter of Catholic liturgical and Christian music in general.
Most Rev. Jose R. Lobaton, OFM., SSL.STL
Fr. José Lobatón, ofm, graduated from the Studium Biblicum Jerusalem with a Master's Degree in Bible in 1976. In 1979, Father Lobaton obtained his Master's Degree in Bible at the Pontifical Biblical of Rome (Italy). He acquired his doctorate in Bible at the Gregorian University in 1980. He has been a professor at the Catholic University of the Americas, in Washington, DC; at Santo Tomas University, in Houston, Texas; among other religious entities. He is currently Pastor of the St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Fr. Julio Torres, MDiv
Fr. Julio Torres, M.Div. is a Mexican priest who does his pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. He finished his Philosophical studies at the Diocesan Seminary of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. He finished his theological studies with a Master of Divinity at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Since 2014 he has projected his priestly ministry to the benefit of the faithful, especially the Latino community in the cities of Salem, Tigard, and Portland, Oregon.
David Farina Turnbloom has taught at the University of Portland since 2015. He specializes in Liturgical/Sacramental Theology with a special focus on the relationship between worship rituals and ethics. David is the author of Speaking with Aquinas: A Conversation about Grace, Virtue and the Eucharist, which was published by Liturgical Press in 2017. David received a BA in theology from the University of St. Thomas (2006), an MTS from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (2008), and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston College (2015). He is married to Katie Turnbloom and has an adorable cat named Chloe.
Dr. Ricardo López
Dr. Ricardo López is a Mexican migrant in the US, and was a professor at the Pontifical University of Mexico, and obtained his doctorate in Bible in Frankfurt a.M. (Germany) having studied biblical studies in Jerusalem and Rome. He has collaborated in numerous parish and diocesan projects, as well as in workshops and retreats with the People of God.