Rector Major

Biographical notes


Fr FERNÁNDEZ ARTIME Ángel was born August 21, 1960 in Luanco-Gozon, Asturias, Spain; he made his  first profession on September 3, 1978, the perpetual vows on June 17, 1984, in  Santiago de Compostela, and was ordained a priest on July 4, 1987, in León.
A native of the Province of Leon, he earned a degree in Pastoral Theology and a  Licentiate in Philosophy and Pedagogy.

He was a Provincial Delegate for Youth Ministry, Director of the School of  Ourense, a member of the Provincial Council and the Provincial Vicar, and from 2000-2006,  he was the Provincial Superior.

After being part  of the Preparatory committee which has prepared the 26th General Chapter in  2009, he was appointed the Provincial Superior of South Argentina, based in  Buenos Aires. In this capacity he also got to know and work personally with the  then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, today Pope  Francis.
  On December 23, 2013 , he was appointed Superior of the new Province of  Mediterranean Spain, dedicated to "Mary Help of Christians." But  before he can take on this new role, last March 25, 2014, he was elected by the  General Chapter 27 as the new Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation and the  10th Successor of Don Bosco.

Charter of the Charismatic Identity of the Salesian Family of Don Bosco, Art. 45)