Fr. Luis was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1964. He entered the Order of Preachers in 1987 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He made his philosophical and theological studies in the Theological Institute of Central America (San Jose, Costa Rica), the Ecumenical School of Sciences of Religion, of the Universidad Nacional, Heredia (Costa Rica), and the Institute of Catechesis and Pastoral Studies Lumen Vitae (Brussels, Belgium). He has worked at university and parish pastoral ministry, and formation of lay people; developing these ministries in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belgium and the United States. In 2005 he was assigned to the Dominican Province of the Southern United States and from January 2010 to 2012 was Assistant Director of the Congar Institute for Ministry Development. He continues as special consultant for Hispanic formation programs.
During the early 80’s, when I first met the Dominican Friars, I began to work with their “Justice & Peace” office. I was involved in doing formation work with lay ecclesial ministers for rural areas. A Lay Dominican myself, my duties consisted in preparing and distributing materials needed for the three-day workshops we would offer in the poorest dioceses of Costa Rica, my native country. l fell in love with Dominican religious life in the context of lay formation and since that time have always tried to do — in one way or another — that kind of ministry. I have been privileged to work with Ecclesial Base Community (CEBs) leaders, and with other lay ministers in the city and the countryside, Delegates of the Word, parish groups, various apostolic movements, a national lay formation institute, a Catholic university and with members of the Dominican Family. How do I feel about collaborating with the Congar institute? I feel as if I had “come home”! I believe that the future of our Church depends on our ability to offer lay people that solid theological and pastoral formation so badly needed yet so often overlooked or neglected by church leaders.