Miguel Ángel Hernández, new Prior General of the Augustinian Recollects
The Spanish Augustinian Recollect, born in Madrid in 1965, has been elected Prior General by the 56th General Chapter, which is being held in Rome.
The participants in the 56th General Chapter elected Miguel Ángel Hernández Domínguez as Prior General of the Order of Augustinian Recollects on Tuesday, March 22. The Spanish religious, born in Madrid, will be in the service of government of the Order for the period 2022-2028.
In this way, he succeeds Miguel Miro, who has held the office of Prior General for the last twelve years. Capitulars has elected its new Prior General once all the ordinances have been voted. The new Superior General of the Order will now have to elect his council, which will be endorsed by the General Chapter.
Miguel Ángel Hernández Domínguez was born in Collado Villalba (Madrid, Spain) on January 19, 1965. After completing his novitiate in Los Negrales (Madrid) and Burgos, he made his simple profession on June 24, 1989 and later, in the same place on December 10, 1988, he made his solemn profession of vows as an Augustinian Recollect. He was ordained deacon in 1989 in Madrid, from the hands of the auxiliary bishop of the same diocese, Bishop Luis Gutierrez. Months later, on June 30, 1990, also in Madrid, the Augustinian Recollect Bishop Florentino Zabalza ordained him to the priesthood.
From 1990 until 2006, Miguel Ángel Hernández carried out his pastoral work in Brazil, first in Rio de Janeiro, then in Sao Paolo and, later, in Belém do Pará, as formator. In the period 2000-2006, for two three-year terms, he served as Vicar Provincial. On July 20, 2006, the Provincial Chapter of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova elected him prior provincial, a position he held until 2012.
For six years, Hernandez dedicated himself to the formation of young Augustinian Recollects, first in the novitiate of Monteagudo and then in the theologate in Granada. In 2018, the religious of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova elected him prior provincial again, a task to which he was dedicating himself until this time.