Luis Herrara Named Archbishop of Cuenca

HNP Communications Franciscan World

ROME — Fr. Luis Cabrera Herrara, OFM, General Definitor of the Order for Latin America and the Caribbean, was named by Pope Benedict XVI as archbishop of Cuenca, Ecuador, on April 20.

Fr. Luis, who was born in Azogues in 1955, studied in the minor seminary of Azogues and Quito, Ecudor. He studied philosophy and theology at the Catholic University of Ecuador and obtained a doctorate in philosophy at the Antonianum in Rome. He made his temporary profession in September 1976, solemn profession in September 1982, and was ordained a priest in September 1983.

In the Order, he has held the following positions: provincial minister, president of the Bolivariana Conference, vice master and master of novices, provincial animator of the care of vocations, provincial secretary for formation and studies, director of the Franciscan faculty of philosophy and theology at Cardinal Echeverria, definitor provincial, president of the Franciscan family, and director of the Franciscan Study Center in Quito.

Outside of the Order, Fr. Luis was a member of the Consultors and of the Presbyteral Council of Riobamba, vice-president of the Episcopal Religious Conference of Ecuador, animator of the Basic Christian Communities in Riobamba, parochial assistant, coordinator of the programs for ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue for the Episcopal Conference of Ecuador, vice dean of the academic union of religious sciences at the Catholic University of Cuenca, teacher of philosophy at Cardinal Echeverria, and teacher of ecumenism at the faculty of philosophy and theology at the Catholic University of Quito, and at the Theological Institute of the Episcopal Conference of Ecuador.