On October 18-23, 2021, the eighth Ordinary Custodial Chapter of the Provincial Custody of St. Francis of Assisi in Colombia was held at the San Antonio de Padua Friary in Bogota, Colombia.
The Chapter was a grace-filled event for the Custody. The Chapter was guided by the Minister Provincial of the Province of Our Lady of Monserrat in Spain, Friar Juan Antonio ADÁNEZ SILVÁN, and the Assistant General for the Federación América Latina Conventuales (FALC), Friar Rogério PEREIRA XAVIER.
On October 19, Friar Sidifredo de la Cruz CHAPARRO GUALDRÓN was elected Provincial Custos. Friar Sidifredo was born on July 28, 1983. He is originally from San José de Miranda in Santander, Colombia. He entered the Order in 2002 and made his temporary profession on December 14, 2003, his solemn profession on November 16, 2009, and was ordained to the priesthood on March 25, 2012. He served as Custodial Exactor, Rector of Postulants, Novice Master, Rector of Temporarily Professed Friars, Definitor and Custodial Secretary. Until now, he had been serving the Custody as the Vicar Custos.
The new Custodial Definitory was also elected the members are : Friar Rafael José GARAVITO PÉREZ (Custodial Vicar), Friar Jair del Cristo CONTRERAS LÁZARO (Custodial Secretary), and Friar Fabián Esteban ARRIETA BOTERO and Friar Alexander HERNÁNDEZ BLANCO (Definitors).
May the Lord continue to bless and guide the life and mission of our Custodial fraternity in Colombia.
Friar Fabián A. MARTÍNEZ ARAQUE