The Congar Institute Board elected fr. Jorge Presmanes, OP as its new President following Paul Philibert’s completion of two terms as first President of the Board. fr. Jorge is Director of the Institute for Hispanic/Latino/a Theology and Ministry and Associate Professor of Theology at Barry University in Miami FL. Before earning his doctorate and going to teach at Barry, fr. Jorge was pastor of a large Hispanic parish in Miami, FL for 9 years. fr. Jorge has served as a Resource Person, most recently for both lay formation programs (English and Spanish) in the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Upon being elected, fr. Jorge commented, “I am pleased to serve the Congar Institute in this capacity because I am very proud of the work we are doing and especially our support of the Hispanic community.”
The Board also welcomed its newest member, fr. Jeffery Ott, OP to his first meeting. fr. Jeffery serves as the Promoter for Social Justice of the Southern Province Dominicans and is the Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, a large African American parish in the Sweet Auburn Historic District of Atlanta, GA. In other business the Board continued to work toward long range plans for the institutional and financial viability of the Institute especially as our outreach continues to grow and as we move toward the fulfillment of the financial commitment of the Home Missions Leadership Conference next year.