Pedro Barbero Fernandez, OFM
1934 – 1997
Fr. Pedro Barbero Fernandez, OFM, was born on Oct. 9, 1934 in Zamora, Spain. He entered the Order in the Province of San Francisco Solano on March 18, 1953 in Lima, Peru. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1957 and was ordained in 1962.
Aside from 1973 to 1976, when he lived at St. Anthony Shrine while studying psychology at Boston College, Fr. Pedro spent his entire ministry in Peru. After ordination, he obtained his doctorate in education at the University of San Agustin in Arequipa, Peru. He spent eight years in the missions in the Peruvian Amazon, during which he founded and served on the administration of the Teachers’ College in Requena.
Fr. Pedro then taught for 12 years at the University of the Sacred Heart in Lima, serving as dean for two of those years. He spent three years teaching at the diocesan seminary in Lima, where he also acted as staff psychologist.
In addition to serving in education, Fr. Pedro was well known for his retreats. He served as assistant director of the retreat house at the Convento de los Descalzos and was a much sought out retreat master all over Peru. He founded the Engaged Encounter Movement in Lima, where he was national director for seven years. He also served as national spiritual assistant to the Christian Family Movement, national advisor to Marriage Encounter, and national spiritual director to the Secular Franciscans. For three years, he appeared on national television in a program about family.
On June 23, 1992, Fr. Pedro became a member of Holy Name Province. “I have always been grateful to Holy Name Province, and very close to the parish in Chacarilla,” he said of his transition. “I have been able to work there without being confined, able to develop my pastoral potential. The pastoral work and methodology used there challenges me and I am able to employ all I have studied. I have nothing against the Province of San Francisco Solano. All I have, all I am, I owe to my province. But I believe my Order needs me at your parish now. I will be more than useful there.”
He died on April 1, 1997 in Lima. Fr. Pedro was 62 years old, a professed friar for 43 years and a priest for 35 years.