Filipino elected first Asian head of the Dominicans

Filipino elected first Asian head of the Dominicans

Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III. PHOTO FROM THE VARSITARIAN

By CBCP News

July 13, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Filipino priest has been elected the new global leader of the Dominican mission, the first Asian to hold the post.

Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III has been elected master of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Domincan Order. He will hold the position for nine years.

His election came during the ongoing General Chapter of the religious order in Biên Hoà, Vietnam, the first ever meeting of the order’s priors provincial in a non-Christian country.

Fr. Timoner was previously socius or assistant for Asia and the Pacific of the outgoing master, the Frechman Bruno Caderè, and head of the Filipino Dominicans.

In 2014, Pope Francis appointed him as member of the International Theological Commission, a 30-member Vatican body tasked to examine questions on doctrinal matters.

Fr. Timoner was born on Jan. 26, 1968 and is a native of Daet in Camarines Norte.

After obtaining his philosophy degree from the Philippine Dominican Center of International Studies and his theology from UST, he was ordained a priest in 1995.

In 2004, he finished his licentiate in sacred theology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

The priest also served as vice rector for religious affairs and rector of the UST Central Seminary from 2007 to 2012.