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Rev. Manuel Viera, OFM, JCL

Rev. Manuel Viera, OFMPast President

Rev. Manuel Viera, OFM, JCL

Canonical Education:

  • JCL, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1987

Current Ministerial Experience:

  • Canonical Affairs Specialist, Diocese of Tucson
  • Chair of the Government Committee of the OFM Province of St. John the Baptist, Cincinnati, Ohio

Prior Ministerial Experience:

  • Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • Hispanic Ministry at St. Julie Billiart Parish, Hamilton, Ohio
  • Government Committees for the Franciscan Provinces of St. John the Baptist (Cincinnati) and Our Lady of Guadalupe, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • Judge, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • Judge, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • Judge, Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Service to the Society:

  • Member since 1987
  • Chair, Committee on Consecrated Life (2012-present)
  • Ex Officio, Committee on Professional Responsibility, 2009-2011
  • Consultor, Board of Governors, 2008-2011
  • Presenter, Western Regional and Midwest Regional Conventions, 2011
  • Panel Presenter, 2008 CLSA Convention
  • Member, Scholarship Committee
  • Initial Translation of Code, Community, Ministry, from English to Spanish
  • Vice-President/President-Elect, Board of Governors (2014-2015)
  • President, Board of Governors (2015-2016)


  • Member of the Order of Friars Minor, Province of St. John the Baptist, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Ordained 1982
    • Professed 1978
  • Teaching Tribunal Practice for the Lay Pastoral Program of the Atheneum of Ohio
  • Diaconate program of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Several presentations on the Rights of Christian Faithful for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
  • Articles for People of God, Archdiocese of Santa Fe newspaper
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