BOLIVIA, Fr. José Luis Correa •
On 27 March 2018, Tuesday in Holy Week, Pope Francis appointed the priest, Fr Giovani Edgar Arana, Auxiliary Bishop of El Alto in Bolivia. The future Auxiliary Bishop is a member of the first course of the Schoenstatt Priests’ Federation in Bolivia, and worked from 2010-2013 as Diocesan Leader of the Schoenstatt Movement in La Paz.
Giovani Edgar Arana was born on 23 May 1974 in La Paz in the Diocese of La Paz. He studied philosophy and theology in the San Jeronimo Seminary in La Paz and was ordained to the priesthood on 8 December 2004. He attended the San Pedro Favre training centre for formators of priests and religious and the Gregoriana in Rome, where he received the diploma in the education of priests on 5 June.
Fr Giovani Edgar Arana worked as an assistant priest in the Nazareth Family parish in La Paz (2005-2006), as educator in the San Jeronimo Seminary in La Paz (2007-2008), as a student in the San Pedro Favre training centre for formators of priests and religious and the Gregoriana in Rome (2009), parish administrator of the Nuestra Senora de la Sandelaria parish in La Paz (2010-2015); Diocesan Leader of the Schoenstatt Movement (2010-2013); Vice-Rector of the San Jeronimo Seminary in La Paz (2014-1015); assistant secretary of the Pastoral Council of the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference (2013-2015). Since 2016 he has been the Rector of the San Jeronimo Seminary in La Paz.
Sincere congratulations, Auxiliary Bishop Giovani Edgar Arana, we accompany you with our prayers and contributions to the capital of grace. And sincere congratulations to the Priests’ Federation and all Schoenstatt communities of priests!
Original: Spanish, 27.03.2018. Translation: Mary Cole, Manchester UK