Pope Francis Surprises Us Again

Pope Francis Surprises Us Again

On April 6, Pope Francis appointed Father Jose Rodriguez Carballo, OFM, as the Secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, thus also naming him an archbishop. It was the pope’s first appointment within the Roman Curia.

Father Jose had been the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor and recently was named president of the Union of Superiors General (the group for men’s religious orders). He will have to resign both positions to accept his new post.

Father Jose visited Franciscan Media in 2008, blessing the statue of St. Francis over our main entrance. He also gave a radio interview to Father Jack Wintz, OFM, and me. That was the basis for the article Jack and I wrote in our April 2008 issue of St. Anthony Messenger.

Father Jose is 59 and comes from northwest Spain, home to the famous Shrine of Santiago de Compostela. The holder of licentiates (master’s degrees) in Scripture and biblical theology, he served as a teacher and formation director before being elected his Franciscan province’s minister general. He speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, and English and has spent much of the last 10 years visiting members of the Franciscan family in more than 113 countries.

Saints Francis of Assisi and Dominic Guzman resisted efforts by the Holy See to appoint their friars as bishops. But sometimes they have been the right men for the job.

May the Lord bless Archbishop-elect Jose Rodriguez Carballo, OFM, in his new service to the Church!


Photo: Catholic News Service/Octavio Duran


About the Author

Pat McCloskey, O.F.M., is the Franciscan editor of St. Anthony Messenger. He also serves as the editor of Franciscan Media's popular Weekday Homily Helps.