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Serving the Church on all five continentstes

Discover the unceasing work in 131 countries raising vocations for the universal Church.

Our work

In the unceasing work of serving the Church, more than 800 bishops from 131 countries want some of their seminarians and priests to study at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome) or at the Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies of the University of Navarra (Pamplona). These bishops wish them to complete their intellectual, human and spiritual formation at the International Seminaries Sedes Sapientieae (Rome) and Bidasoa (Pamplona).

By forming themselves conscientiously, they will be able to serve the Church and all Christians in the countries where they exercise their ministry and vocation.

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Meet the alumni who were ordained bishops:

Name Position/Diocese Origin Studies
Msgr. Juan Fernando Franco Sánchez Bishop of Caldas, Colombia, since 2022 Barbosa,
Colombia
Degree in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (PUSC) in Rome.
Msgr. Peter Ebere Okpaleke Cardinal and Bishop of Ekwulobia, Nigeria, since 2022 Anambra,
Nigeria
Degree in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (PUSC) in Rome.
Bishop D. Tulio Omar Pérez Rivera Bishop of Filaca and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala, Guatemala, since 2022 La Antigua,
Guatemala
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. D. Marcony Vinícius Ferreira Archbishop of the Military Ordinariate of Brazil, since 2022 Brasilia,
Brazil
Licentiate in Moral Theology at PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Maurice Muhati Makumba Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kisumu, Kenya, since 2022 Kakamega,
Kenya
D. in Philosophy from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Guido Iván Minda Chalá Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Elena, Ecuador, from 2022 Cotacachi,
Ecuador
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at the University of Navarra (UNAV) in Pamplona.
Msgr. D. Wiesław Lechowicz Military Archbishop of Poland, since 2022 Dąbrova Tarnowska,
Poland
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Juan Antonio Aznárez Cobo Bishop Juan Antonio Aznárez Cobo Archbishop of the Military Archbishop of Spain, since 2021 Eibar,
Spain
Licentiate in Biblical Sciences from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and professor at the UNAV in Pamplona.
César Alcides Balbín Tamayo Msgr. César Alcides Balbín Tamayo Bishop of the Diocese of Cartago, Colombia, from 2021 Antioquia,
Colombia
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Bishop D. Pablo Alfonso Jourdán Alvariza Bishop of the Diocese of Melo, Uruguay, since 2021 Montevideo,
Uruguay
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Yevgeniy Zinkovskiy Msgr. D. Yevgeniy Zinkovskiy Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, since 2021 Shortandy,
Kazakhstan
Degree in Philosophy at the PUSC in Rome
Visvaldas Kulbokas Msgr. Visvaldas Kulbokas Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, since 2021 Klaipeda,
Lithuania
Licentiate in Theology and Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Miguel Ángel Castro Muñoz Msgr. Miguel Ángel Castro Muñoz Bishop of the Diocese of Huajuapán de León, Mexico, since 2021 Puebla,
Mexico
Licentiate in Church History at PUSC in Rome
Juan Manuel Cuá Ajacum Msgr. Juan Manuel Cuá Ajacum Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Los Altos, Guatemala, since 2021. Totonicapán,
Guatemala
Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Bishop Luis Gabriel Ramírez Díaz Bishop of the Diocese of Ocaña, Colombia, from 2021 Barranquilla,
Colombia
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Damian Bryl Bishop Damian Bryl Bishop of the Diocese of Kalisz, Poland, from 2021 Jarocin,
Poland
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Fabio Fabene Fabio Fabene Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and titular bishop of Montefiascone, Italy, since 2021. Rome,
Italy
D. in Canon Law from the Lateran University of Rome.
Msgr. D. Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal Apostolic Nuncio to Algeria and Tunisia, since 2021 Kerala,
India
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Miguel Fernando González Mariño Msgr. Miguel Fernando González Mariño Bishop of the Diocese of El Espinal, Colombia, from 2020 Boyaca,
Colombia
Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Carlos Manuel Escribano Subías Archbishop of the Diocese of Zaragoza, Spain, since 2020. La Coruña,
Spain
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Orlando Roa Barbosa Archbishop of the Diocese of Ibagué, Colombia, from 2020 Cali,
Colombia
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Bishop D. Mario Iceta Gavicagogeascoa Archbishop of the Diocese of Burgos, Spain, since 2020. Vizcaya,
Spain
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Bishop Firas Mundher Drdr. Exarch of Basra and Gulf, Iraq, since 2020 Qaraqos,
Iraq
Social communication at the PUSC in Rome
Bishop Luis Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba Archbishop of the Diocese of Nasai, Algeria, since 2020. Segovia,
Spain
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Kenryk Mieczyslaw Jagodzinski Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Limosano, Italy, since 2020. Małogoszcz,
Poland
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop Ricardo Aldo Barreto Cairo Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Caracas, Venezuela, from 2019. Panama City,
Panama
Licentiate in Moral Theology at PUSC in Rome
Bishop Dominic Kimengich Bishop of the Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya, from 2019. Kituro,
Kenya
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Nicolas Thévenin Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt and Apostolic Delegate to the Arab League, from 2019. Haute-Marne,
France
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Mons. Eduardo José Pino Castillo Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Portoviejo, Ecuador, since 2019. Guayaquil,
Ecuador
Bachelor's Degree in Theology and Philosophy at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Msgr. Raúl Antonio Chau Quispe Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Arequipa, Peru, from 2019. Lima,
Peru
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Bishop D. Gilson Andrade da Silva Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Iguaçu, Brazil, since 2019. Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Bishop Dennis Cabanada Villarojo Bishop of the Diocese of Malolos, Philippines, from 2019. Cebu,
Philippines
D. in Philosophy from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Luiz Henrique da Silva Brito Bishop of the Diocese of Barra do Piraí-Volta Redonda, Brazil, since 2019. Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Francisco Caraballo Fermín Bishop of the Diocese of Cabimas, Venezuela, since 2019. Guayana,
Venezuela
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Bishop D. Sérgio de Deus Borges Bishop of the Diocese of Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, since 2019. Alfredo Wagner,
Brazil
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Bishop Carlos Briseño Arch Bishop of the diocese of Veracruz, Mexico, since 2018. Mexico City,
Mexico
D. in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Msgr. José María Gil Tamayo Bishop of the diocese of Avila, Spain, since 2018. Badajoz,
Spain
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Bishop D. Paul Toshihiro Sakai Auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Osaka, Japan, since 2018. Ashiya,
Japan
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. D. Waldemar Stanisław Sommertag Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua, since 2018. Więcbork,
Poland
Postgraduate Degree in Canon Law at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Sebastian Vaniyapurackal Curial bishop of the archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, India, since 2017. Kerala,
India
D. in Canon Law at the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop Anthony Muheria Bishop of the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya, since 2017. Kaburugi,
Kenya
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Antonio Guido Filipazzi Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia and Nigeria, since 2017. Melzo,
Italy
D. in Canon Law at the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. John Oliver Barres Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Center, New York, since 2016. New York,
USA
Degree in Canon Law and Doctor in Spirituality from PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Francisco Simón Conesa Ferrer Bishop of the diocese of Menorca, Spain, since 2016. Alicante,
Spain
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. Richard J. Umbers Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, since 2016. Otahuhu,
New Zealand
Degree in Theology at the PUSC in Rome | Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Navarra in Pamplona.
Bishop Marcos Aurelio Perez Caicedo Archbishop of the Diocese of Cuenca, Ecuador, since 2016. Daule,
Ecuador
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Mark William O'Connell Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, United States of America, since 2016. Ontario,
Canada
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Francisco Escalante Molina Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Congo and Gabon, since 2016. La Grita,
Venezuela
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Msgr. Polito Rodríguez Méndez Bishop of the diocese of San Carlos, Venezuela, since 2016. Santa Barbara, Venezuela Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Stephen Lee Bun-sang Bishop of the diocese of Macau, China, since 2016. Hong Kong, China D. in Canon Law from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Pedro Cunha Cruz Bishop of the diocese of Campanha, Brazil since 2015. Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil
D. in Philosophy at the PUSC in Rome.
Mons. D. Conrado Sanguinetti Bishop of the diocese of Pavia, Italy, since 2015. Milan,
Italy
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Bishop Óscar Florencio Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, since 2015. Capoocan,
Philippines
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Merida-Badajoz, Spain, since 2015. La Rioja,
Spain
D. in Canon Law from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Bishop Misael Vacca Ramirez Bishop of the Diocese of Duitama-Sogamoso, Colombia, since 2015. Boyaca,
Colombia
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Fernando José Monteiro Guimarães Archbishop of the Military Ordinariate of Brazil, since 2014. Recife,
Brazil
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Marcelino Antonio Maralit Bishop of the diocese of Boac, Philippines, since 2014. Manila,
Philippines
Degree in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona | Doctorate in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. José Francisco González González Bishop of the Diocese of Campeche, Mexico, since 2014. Jalisco,
Mexico
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Ariel Lascarro Tapia Bishop of the Diocese of Magangué, Colombia, since 2014. Bolivar,
Colombia
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Bishop Levi Bonatto Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Goiânia, Brazil, since 2014. Paraná,
Brazil
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Bishop Carlos Lema García Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of São Paulo, Brazil, since 2014. San Pablo,
Brazil
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Tadeusz Pikus Bishop of the Diocese of Drohiczyn, Poland, since 2014. Zabiele,
Poland
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Msgr. José Aparecido Gonçalves de Almeida Bishop of the Diocese of Enera and auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Brasilia, Brazil, since 2013. San Pablo,
Brazil
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop Samuel Jofré Giraudo Bishop of the Diocese of Villa María, Argentina, since 2013. Córdoba,
Argentina
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. George Gänswein Archbishop Prefect of the Pontifical Household, Vatican City, since 2013. Baden-Württemberg,
Germany
D. in Canon Law from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and professor at the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Guido Gallese Bishop of the Diocese of Alessandria della Paglia, Italy, since 2012. Genoa,
Italy
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Constantino Barrera Morales Bishop of the Diocese of Sonsonate, El Salvador, since 2012. Cabins,
El Salvador
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Msgr. Rainer Woelki Cardinal and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany, since 2012. Mühlheim,
Germany
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. D. Jozef Halko Bishop of the Diocese of Serra and auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Bratislava, Slovakia, since 2012. Bratislava,
Slovakia
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Francesco Cavina Bishop of the diocese of Capri, Italy, since 2012. Faenza,
Italy
D. in Canon Law from the Lateran University and professor at the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Janusz Stepnowski Bishop of the diocese of Łomża, Poland, since 2011. Ostrołęka,
Poland
D. in Canon Law from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. D. Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor Bishop of the Diocese of Awka, Nigeria, since 2011. Anambra,
Nigeria
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Anthony Fallah Borwah Bishop of the Diocese of Gbarnga, Liberia, since 2011. Wodu,
Liberia
Degree in Social Communication at the PUSC in Rome
Bishop José Luis Mumbiela Sierra Bishop of the Holy Trinity Diocese in Almaty, Kazakhstan, since 2011. Huesca,
Spain
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. José Horacio Gómez Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, USA, since 2011. Monterrey,
Mexico
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Bishop Pio Gonçalo Alves de Sousa Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Porto, Portugal, since 2011. Viana do Castelo,
Portugal
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Msgr. Jaime Rafael Fuentes Martín Bishop of the Diocese of Minas, Uruguay, since 2010. Montevideo,
Uruguay
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. Daniel Fernández Torres Bishop of the Diocese of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, since 2010 Chicago,
USA
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Pedro Daniel Martínez Perea Bishop of the Diocese of San Luis, Argentina, since 2010. City of Mendoza,
Argentina
Doctorate in Canon Law and Theology from the Lateran University. Studies at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. D. Remigius Inchananiyil Bishop of the Diocese of Thamarassery, India, since 2010. Malappuram,
India
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Fernando José Castro Aguayo Bishop of the Diocese of Margarita, Venezuela, since 2009. Caracas,
Venezuela
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. D. Tarcisio Nascente dos Santos Bishop of the Diocese of Duque de Caxias, Brazil, since 2009 Niteroi,
Brazil
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Francisco Javier Steigmeier Schmidlin Bishop of the Diocese of Villarrica, Chile, since 2009. Los Angeles,
Chile
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. D. Grzegorz Kaszak Bishop of the Diocese of Sosnowiec, Poland, since 2009 Choszczno,
Poland
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Vatican City, since 2008. Vitoria,
Spain
D. in Canon Law and professor at the UNAV in Pamplona and at the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Felipe Salazar Villagrana Bishop of the Diocese of San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico, since 2008 Amatlán de Cañas,
Mexico
Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Scripture at the UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Msgr. Héctor Eduardo Vera Colona Bishop of the Diocese of Ica, Peru, since 2007 Chiclayo,
Peru
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. Antoni Stankiewicz He was dean of the Roman Rota, Vatican City, since 2006. Oleszczenice,
Lithuania
D. in Law from the Lateran University and professor at the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Alexis Touably Youl Bishop of the diocese of Agboville, Côte d'Ivoire, since 2006 Tabou,
Ivory Coast
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Msgr. José Pandarassery Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Kottayam, India, since 2006. Ettumanoor,
India
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Marco Antonio Cortez Lara Bishop of the Diocese of Tacna and Moquegua, Peru, since 2006. Chiclayo,
Peru
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop Marcos Aurelio Perez Caicedo Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cuenca, Ecuador, since 2006. Guayas,
Ecuador
Licentiate in Theology at the PUSC in Rome
Msgr. Vicente Danilo Echeverría Verdesoto Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Quito, Ecuador, since 2006. Quito,
Ecuador
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Bishop José María Ortega Trinidad Bishop of the diocese of Juli, Peru, since 2006 Oyón,
Peru
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. Oscar Domingo Sarlinga Bishop of the Diocese of Zárate-Campana, Argentina, since 2006. Buenos Aires,
Argentina
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. José María Yanguas Sanz Bishop of the Diocese of Cuenca, Spain, since 2006. Alberite,
Spain
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop Philippe Jourdan Bishop Apostolic Administrator of Estonia, since 2005 Dax,
France
D. in Philosophy from the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop Emmanuel Celeste Trance Bishop of the Diocese of Catarman, Philippines, since 2005 Iloilo,
Philippines
D. in Philosophy from the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop Antonio Augusto Dias Duarte Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Sebastian de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, since 2005. Santo André,
Brazil
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Ricardo García García Bishop of the Diocese of Yauyos, Peru, since 2004. Lima,
Peru
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Bishop Miranda Melgarejo Bishop of the diocese of Usala and auxiliary of Ayacucho, Peru, since 2004. Apurimac,
Peru
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Msgr. Jaume Puyol Balcells Archbishop of Tarragona, Spain, since 2004 Lérida,
Spain
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. Gerardo de Jesús Rojas López Bishop of Tabasco, Mexico, since 2004 Jalisco,
Mexico
Degree in Canon Law at the UNAV in Pamplona, Spain.
Msgr. D. Artur Grzegorz Mizinski Bishop of the Diocese of Tarasa and auxiliary of Lublin, Poland, since 2004. Opole Lubelskie,
Poland
Licentiate in Canon Law at PUSC in Rome
Bishop Salesius Mugambi Bishop of the Diocese of Meru, Kenya, since 2004. Egandene,
Kenya
Bachelor's Degree in Theology at UNAV in Pamplona, Spain
Msgr. Juan Antonio Ugarte Pérez Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cuzco, Peru, since 2004 Lima,
Peru
D. in Canon Law from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Bishop Rogelio Livieres Bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, since 2004. Corrientes,
Argentina
D. in Canon Law from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardo, Chile, since 2003. Santiago de Chile,
Chile
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Antonio Arregui Yarza Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Guayaquil, Ecuador, since 2003 Oñate,
Spain
D. in Canon Law from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. Tomás Jesús Zárraga Colmenares Bishop of the Diocese of San Carlos, Venezuela, since 2002 Falcon,
Venezuela
Doctor in Canon Law from the PUSC in Rome.
Bishop D. Leon Yanovych Malyi Bishop of the Diocese of Tabunia and auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Lviv, Ukraine, since 2002 Vinnytsia Oblast,
Ukraine
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Juan Luis Cipriani Cardinal and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lima, Peru, since 2001 Lima,
Peru
D. in Theology from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Alfonso Rogelio Delgado Evers Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Juan de Cuyo, Argentina, since 2000. Rosario,
Argentina
D. in Theology from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Msgr. D. Jesús Moliné Labarta Bishop of the Diocese of Chiclayo, Peru, since 1997. Zaragoza,
Spain
D. in Canon Law from the UNAV in Pamplona.
Bishop Joseph Mairura Okemwa Bishop of the Diocese of Kisii, Kenya, since 1994. Nyabururu,
Kenya
D. in Philosophy from the PUSC in Rome.
Msgr. Luis Miguel Cantón Marín Bishop of the Diocese of Tapachula, Mexico, since 1984. Yucatan,
Mexico
Degree in Canon Law at the UNAV in Pamplona, Spain.

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