Oscar Julio Vian Morales

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His Excellency
Óscar Julio Vian Morales, SDB
Archbishop of Guatemala City
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Archbishop of Guatemala City
Province Guatemala
Metropolis Guatemala
Installed 4 December 2010
Predecessor Rodolfo Quezada Toruño
Other posts Archbishop of Los Altos
Consecration 1 February 1997
Personal details
Birth name Óscar Julio Vian Morales
Born (1947-10-18) 18 October 1947 (age 69)
Guatemala City
Nationality Guatemalan
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Óscar Julio Vian Morales S.D.B. (born 18 October 1947) is archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guatemala since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 2 October 2010. He had previously served as archbishop of Los Altos in Guatemala. He was born in Guatemala City, ordained a priest in 1976, and appointed Vicar Apostolic of El Petén in 1996. He was installed as Archbishop of Los Altos on 17 April 2007.[1][2][3]


After his secondary education at the Colegio Don Bosco in Guatemala and the Salesian Seminary in El Salvador, he studied philosophy, theology and pedagogy at the Salesian Institute of Theology and Philosophy, and the San Carlos University of Guatemala.[4]

On 25 August 1976 he was ordained priest by Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, S.D.B., the Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua. He taught at various Salesian education centers in Central America, including the Salesian Vocational Center Rinaldi Santa Tecla (El Salvador), Dominic Savio College of Cartago (Costa Rica) and the Don Bosco Technical Institute (Panama). Also, he was director of the Instituto Salesiano San Miguel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.[4]

Fr. Vian Morales received sabbatical leave to study liturgical theology at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant'Anselmo in Rome. On his return to Central America he was appointed spiritual adviser and director of the Salesian Institute and the Salesian Youth Centre (CEJUSA). Shortly afterwards he was appointed director of studies at the Salesian Don Bosco School in Guatemala City and four years later director of the Salesian San Miguel Institute in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In December 1990 he was appointed director of the Don Bosco Youth Center in Managua, Nicaragua, and in 1994 took over as director of the Don Bosco School of Guatemala City. He also taught liturgical theology and catechesis in numerous seminars throughout Central America.[4]

For the Salesian province he acted as councillor of the Salesian Inspectorate for Central America (CAM) and delegate for youth ministry in the province's center located in San Salvador. In 1990 he was elected delegate of the Salesian Province to the General Chapter in Rome.[4]

Pope John Paul II named him Vicar Apostolic of El Petén on 20 December 1996. He was consecrated bishop by Cardinal Obando y Bravo on 1 February 1997 in the city of Flores, El Petén.[3]

Between 1997 and 2006, he also held various positions within the Episcopal Conference of Guatemala, was chairman of its liturgy ministry committee, and participated in its committees on land ministry, Caritas-social ministry, youth ministry, and education ministry. In addition, he chaired the Education Ministry Commission of Central America and Panama (CORECA).[4]

He was appointed Archbishop of Los Altos Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán in 2007. Transferred to the post of Archbishop of Guatemala on 2 October 2010, he took possession of the see on 4 December 2010.


  1. ^ "Excmo. y Revmo. Mons. ÓSCAR JULIO VIAN MORALES Arzobispo de Los Altos, Quetzaltenango – Totonicapán". arquidiocesisdelosaltos.org. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Biografía de Monseñor Óscar Julio Vian Morales". arquidiocesisdelosaltos.org. Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Santo Padre nombra nuevo Arzobispo para Guatemala". aciprensa.com. 19 April 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Most Reverend Oscar Julio Vian Morales, sdb. Archbishop of Los Altos: Quetzaltenango-Totonicapan, Guatemala" (PDF). www.olatrenton05.org. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Victor Hugo Martínez Contreras
Archbishop of Los Altos
19 April 2007 – 2 October 2010
Succeeded by
Mario Alberto Molina Palma[1]
Preceded by
Rodolfo Cardinal Quezada Toruño
Archbishop of Guatemala City
2 October 2010–present
Succeeded by
  1. ^ http://press.catholica.va/news_services/bulletin/news/27816.php?index=27816&lang=en