Fernando Isern

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Fernando Isern
Bishop Emeritus of Pueblo
DioceseDiocese of Pueblo
AppointedOctober 15, 2009
InstalledDecember 10, 2009
RetiredJune 13, 2013
PredecessorArthur Nicholas Tafoya
SuccessorStephen Jay Berg
OrdinationApril 16, 1993
ConsecrationDecember 10, 2009
by Charles J. Chaput, John Favalora, and Arthur Tafoya
Personal details
Born (1958-09-22) September 22, 1958 (age 65)
EducationMiami Dade College
Florida International University
Saint John Vianney Seminary (Miami)
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary
MottoCaritas Christi urget nos
(The love of Christ inspires us)
Styles of
Fernando Isern
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Fernando Isern (born September 22, 1958) is a Cuban-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. Formerly a pastor and high school president in the Archdiocese of Miami, he served as bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo in Colorado from 2009 to 2013.


Early life and education[edit]

Fernando Isern was born on September 22, 1958, in Havana, Cuba. In 1963, his family moved to Venezuela and then in 1967 to Miami, Florida. Isern graduated from Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Florida,[1] in 1977. After high school, he attended Miami Dade College and then Florida International University, both in Miami, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. After graduation, Isern got a job in marketing with First National Bank of Miami, promoting the introduction of ATM machines in Florida.[1]

While working at First National, Isern started seriously considering the priesthood. He began spending time at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, eventually enrolling there. He also studied at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida.[2][3]

Ordination and Ministry[edit]

Isern was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Miami on April 16, 1993.[4] He then served as a parochial vicar at St. Mark Parish in Southwest Ranches, Florida. In 1996, Isern was transferred to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Pompano Beach, Florida.[2]

In 1999, Isern became an adjunct professor at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary and assistant chaplain for the archdiocesan Youth Center and for Encuentros Juveniles. He was also appointed as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Key Biscayne, Florida.[2] In 2002, Isern was sent to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Miami as parochial vicar. In 2003, he was appointed pastor of that parish.[2] From 2008 to 2009, Isern also served as president of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami.[2] He is affiliated with the Schoenstatt Movement.[5]

Bishop of Pueblo, Colorado[edit]

On October 15, 2009, Isern was appointed the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo by Pope Benedict XVI.[4] Isern received his episcopal consecration on December 10, 2009, at an arena at Colorado State University-Pueblo.[4] His principal consecrator was Archbishop Charles J. Chaput; the principal co-consecrators were Archbishop John C. Favalora and Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya. Isern was the 11th priest from the Archdiocese of Miami to become a bishop.[6] As bishop, Isern instituted perpetual adoration at the Shrine of Saint Therese in Pueblo.[7]


On June 13, 2013, Pope Francis accepted Isern's resignation due to poor health as bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo.[8][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ADOM :: Building the City of God". www.miamiarch.org. Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Pope Names Bishops For Duluth, Minnesota; Pueblo, Colorado; Auxiliary Bishop For Providence, Rhode Island; Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Tafoya Of Pueblo, Colorado". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2009-10-15. Archived from the original on 2009-11-04.
  3. ^ "Pope Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Isern Of Pueblo, Colorado | USCCB". www.usccb.org. Retrieved 2023-10-31.
  4. ^ a b c "Bishop Fernando Isern". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  5. ^ Palmo, Rocco (2009-10-15). "And They're Off". Whispers in the Loggia.
  6. ^ "Miami priest named bishop to Colorado diocese". The Miami Herald. 2009-10-15.
  7. ^ a b "Pueblo bishop resigns due to poor health". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2021-11-04.
  8. ^ "Waivers and Appointments". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-06-13.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop Emeritus of Pueblo
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Pueblo
Succeeded by