Fernando Isern

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Fernando Isern (born September 22, 1958) is a Cuban-born bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. Formerly a pastor and high school president in the Archdiocese of Miami, he is the current Bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Pueblo.

Biography[edit]

Fernando Isern was born in Havana. In 1963, his family went into exile first in Venezuela and in 1967 to Miami. [1] He graduated from Champagnat Catholic School in 1977.[2] Isern graduated from Florida International University in 1982, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. [3] He also studied at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach.[4] He was ordained to the priesthood on April 16, 1993.[5]

He then served as a parochial vicar at St. Mark Church[6] in Southwest Ranches until 1996, when he was transferred to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church[7] in Pompano Beach.[4] In 1999, he became an adjunct professor at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, assistant chaplain for the Archdiocesan Youth Center and for Encuentros Juveniles. He was also a parochial vicar at St. Agnes Church[8] in Key Biscayne (1999-2002).[4] He was a parochial vicar (2002-2003) and afterwards pastor (2003-2009) of Our Lady of Lourdes Church[9] in Miami.[4] From 2008 to 2009, he was also President of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami.[4] He is affiliated with the Schoenstatt Movement.[10]

On October 15, 2009, Isern was appointed the fourth Bishop of Pueblo, Colorado, by Pope Benedict XVI.[5] He received his episcopal consecration on December 10, 2009.[5] His principal consecrator was Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap; the principal co-consecrators were Archbishop John C. Favalora and Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya. He is the 11th priest from the Archdiocese of Miami to become a bishop.[3] His resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on Thursday, June 13, 2013.[11] Currently Bishop Isern is Providing masses in Miami, Florida. This includes Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Arthur Nicholas Tafoya
Bishop of Pueblo
2009-2013
Succeeded by
Stephen Jay Berg