Bishop Jorge Rodríguez, Ph. D.

Biography

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Most Rev. Bishop Jorge Rodriguez, Ph. D.

Born: Merida, Yucatan (Mexico): March 22, 1955

Priestly Ordination: Dec. 24, 1987, Rome

Currently: Priest of the Archdiocese of Denver, Pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church

Bishop Rodriguez was born March 22, 1955, in Merida, Mexico, located in the state of Yucatan. He is the son of Nery Maria Novelo and Ramon Rodriguez (deceased), and he has one brother and four sisters, who live in Merida. In Merida he attended a primary school run by the Maryknoll Sisters, and then secondary and preparatory schools run by the Marist Brothers. When he finished high school, he joined the Legionaries of Christ to study and become a priest. He was ordained Dec. 24, 1987.

He was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Theology by the Gregorian in Rome in 1994. He also has a licentiate in philosophy from the same pontifical university, and a diploma in Mariology from the Marianum in Rome.

He was the dean of the Theology Department of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome (1994-1997). He has taught theology at the Pontifical Lateran University, at the Pontifical Institute Regina Mundi and at the Institute for Religious Sciences at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

In 1999, he was invited by then Archbishop Charles Chaput to teach in the newly launched St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, and to serve as Associate Pastor of St. Therese Parish in Aurora.

In 2002, he returned to Rome to serve as Associate Pastor of Stella Maris Parish in the Diocese of Rome, but then returned to Denver in 2006 to be a professor at St. John Vianney.

From 2007-2014, Father Rodriguez served as vice-rector of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. He was incardinated as a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver in 2008.

Since 2014, he has served as pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Thornton, Colorado, and he continues to teach the seminarians as well as the permanent diaconate candidates.

He speaks Spanish, English and Italian, and reads French, and is the author of various theological publications.

Academic Degrees

1974 Classical Humanities (Latin and Greek language and Literature) at the Centre of Classical Humanities in Salamanca (Spain)
1984 Licentiate in Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)
1987 STB, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas (Rome)
1987 Diploma in Mariological Studies, Pontifical University Marianum (Rome)
1990 Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)
1994 Doctorate in Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

Academic Work

1994-1999  Dean of Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum (Rome)
1998-1999 Vice-Rector of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum (Rome)
2001    Vice-Prefect of Studies of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary (Denver) and Vice-President of Our Lady of the New Advent Theological Institute (Denver)
2006-2016 Faculty member of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary with the rank of Associate Professor
2007-2014 Vice-Rector and Director of Formation of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary

Teaching

1993-1999  Theology professor at the Centre of Higher Studies of Rome
1998-1999 Theology professor at the Francisco de Vitoria University (Madrid, Spain)
1999-2001  Theology professor at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary of Denver
2002-2004 Theology Professor at the Pontifical Institute Regina Mundi (Roma)
2004-2005 Visiting Professor at the Canon Law Department of the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome)
2004-2005 Visiting Professor at the Institute of Higher Religious Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)
2006-2016 Theology professor at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary of Denver

Pastoral Ministry

1987-1999  Priestly ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Rome
1999-2001 Associate pastor at Saint Therese Parish, Aurora, CO (USA)
1999-2002  Priestly ministry at Queen of Peace Parish (Aurora), Saint James (Denver), Holy Family (Denver)
2002-2005 Associate pastor at Stella Maris Parish (Ostia, Roma)
2006-2009 Assistant for priestly ministry for the Hispanic community at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish (Aurora) and Holy Family Parish (Denver).
2010-2012 Priestly ministry assistant at Christ the King Parish (Denver)
2012-2013 Associate Pastor at Ascension Parish (Denver)
2014-2016 Pastor of Holy Cross Parish (Thornton, CO.)