RMG – Appointment of new Provincial of Venezuela's "San Luca" Province
(ANS – Rome) – On Friday 10 January 2020, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, with the consensus of the General Council, appointed Fr Rafael Bernardo Montenegro Latouche as Provincial of the “San Luca” Province of Venezuela.
Fr Montenegro Latouche was born on September 30, 1966, in Valencia, state of Carabobo, son of Rafael Ubaldo Montenegro and Elina Isabel Latouche. He studied at the “Don Bosco” Salesian Institute in Valencia, where he got to know the Salesian charism and spirituality. He completed his novitiate year in San Antonio de Los Altos, made his first religious profession on 7 September 1985 and perpetual profession on 11 July 1992. He was ordained a priest on 3 June 1995.
In 2000, he was appointed Councilor of the Salesian Postnovitiate of Macarena Sur-Los Teques. In 2001, he began his studies at the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome and was subsequently appointed Director and Master of Novices (2006). He is currently Director of the Salesian Theologate “San Luca” in Macaracuay.
At the provincial level, he was several times Director (2003-2006 and 2010-16) and Delegate for Formation (2003-2007 – 2018, current post).
Fr Montenegro Latouche will take office as Provincial of Venezuela on February 8, in the presence of Fr Timothy Ploch, Regional Councilor for Interamerica, and Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major, visiting the country at said time. A few days later, Fr Montenegro Latouche flies to Turin to take part in the 28th General Chapter of the Congregation, scheduled from 16 February to 4 April 2020 in Valdocco; its theme: “Which Salesians for today’s young people?”
“We send our congratulations to the new Provincial and raise our prayers to Jesus the Good Shepherd so that he may wisely carry out the new mission entrusted to him,” wrote the leaders of the Salesian Family.