Gerard Timoner III

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Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III

ChurchCatholic Church
Appointed13 July 2019
PredecessorBruno Cadoré
Orders
Ordination14 May 1995
Personal details
Birth nameGerard Francisco P. Timoner III
Born (1968-01-26) 26 January 1968 (age 51)[1][2]
Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines
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EducationPhilippine Dominican Center of International Studies (Bachelor of Philosophy)
Catholic University of Nijmegen (Licentiate of Sacred Theology)
University of Santo Tomas (Master of Theology)

Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III OP LST (born 30 October 1956) is a Filipino priest who serves as the 88th Master of the Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans, since 13 July 2019, the first Asian to hold the position. As the head of the Dominicans, he is also the ex officio Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, [2][3]

He is also a Professor of Theology at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and in 2014 was appointed a Member of the International Theological Commission by Pope Francis.[1][4][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Gerard Francisco P. Timoner, III was born on 26 January 1968 in Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines. He attended La Consolacion College of Daet, graduating first honors from grade school in 1981, and as high school valedictorian in 1985. He obtained his licenciate in philosophy at the Philippine Dominican Center for International Studies in 1991 and a licenciate in theology at the University of Santo Tomas in 1994.[5] He joined the Dominicans in 1985 and professed his vows in 1989.[6]

Career[edit]

Timoner was ordained a priest in 1995. He earned additional degrees in sacred theology and intercultural theology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 2004.[5][6]

On 23 September 2014, Pope Francis named him a member of the International Theological Commission.[7] He is the fourth Filipino to have that distinction.[6]

In December 2018, he was one of the leaders of a delegation of priests that searched the Dominican Mausoleum in Rome's Campo Verano cemetery for the remains of the first native-born Filipino ever consecrated a bishop, Jorge Barlin (born 1850–), [8]who served as the Bishop of Nueva Caceres until his death in the city in 1909.[9] Timoner was born in Daet, Camarines Norte in 1968.[1][4][3]

He was Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and then Socius of the Master for Asia-Pacific[10] before being elected Master of the Order on 13 July 2019.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Filipino elected first Asian head of the Dominicans". Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines News. Manila: Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. 13 July 2019. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Patinio, Ferdinand (13 July 2019). "Filipino priest elected as new head of Dominican mission". Philippine News Agency. Manila. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Santo Tomas, University of (13 July 2019). "Dominicans elect 88th Master of the Order: Filipino priest Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, O.P. - University of Santo Tomas". University of Santo Tomas. Manila: UST News. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b Timoner, Gerard Francisco. "Gerard Francisco Timoner III OP". Dominican Order Germany. Cologne: Dominican Order. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "El filipino Fr. Gerard Timoner III elegido maestro de la Orden de Predicadores" (Press release) (in Spanish). Oficina de Comunicación Dominicos España. 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Aboy, Eugene Dominic V. (13 July 2019). "Timoner is new successor of St. Dominic de Guzman". The Varsitarian. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 23.09.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 23 September 2014.
  8. ^ Lagarde, Roy. "Hunt on for remains of first Filipino prelate in Rome". UCA News. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  9. ^ Lagarde, Roy (6 December 2018). "Hunt on for remains of first Filipino prelate in Rome". Union of Catholic Asian News. Hong Kong: UCAN Ltd. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Dominicans elect 88th Master of the Order: Filipino priest Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner III, O.P. - University of Santo Tomas". University of Santo Tomas (Press release). 13 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  11. ^ Lomonaco, Amedeo (13 July 2019). "Il filippino Gerard Timoner III eletto nuovo maestro dei domenicani". Vatican News (in Italian). Retrieved 13 July 2019.
Preceded by
Bruno Cadoré
Master of the Order of Preachers
2019–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent