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Appointment of Sergio Pérez de Arce sscc as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Chillán in Chile (Brs)

Pope Francis today appointed our brother Sergio Pérez de Arce Arriagada sscc as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of San Bartolomé de Chillán. Pope Francisco decided to accept the resignation of the bishop of Chillán, Carlos Pellegrin. He also accepted the resignation of another Chilean bishop, Cristian Contreras, from the diocese of San Felipe.

Sergio Pérez de Arce Arriagada was born in Quillota on August 26, 1963. He joined the Congregation in the parish of San Juan Evangelista, Gómez Carreño, Viña del Mar, and entered the postulancy in 1982. He professed his first vows on March 2, 1985. He was ordained a priest on December 15, 1990 in Valparaiso. He has been formator, advisor of the Youth Pastoral Center of Alameda, religious advisor of the school SS.CC. Manquehue College in Santiago. Up to now, he was chaplain to the Sacred Hearts Children’s Home and was vicar of the venerable Sagrados Corazones church, Valparaíso, responsible for its recent restoration. He also worked as a religious consultant to the Saint Damien of Molokai School.

He had been Provincial Superior of the Congregation 2005-2011 and was then elected the president of the Conference of Religious of Chile 2011-2014. During the same period he was a member of the Episcopal Conference’s National Council for the Prevention of Abuse. He was delegated (2018) by the Chilean province SS.CC. to investigate allegations of abuse.

As a religious family we accompany our brother in this task, which we are sure he will carry out with the dedication he has given to each mission entrusted to him.

09/21/2018