Pope Francis appointed Father Oswaldo Escobar, ocd, as the new Bishop of Chalatenango (El Salvador).
Born on May 20, 1968, near the diocese of which he is now bishop, he entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites and made his solemn profession in December 1995. His priestly ordination took place on St. Joseph’s feast day in 1996. He completed his studies in philosophy and theology in Guatemala and went on to study in the CITeS in Ávila, Spain. He completed a licentiate in Spiritual Theology in the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum (Rome) in 2008.
In his province of Central America, he has been formator of postulants and students, pastor, prior, and is currently provincial. Until his appointment, he was also president of the Conference of Religious of El Salvador.
The diocese of Chalatenango was created on December 30, 1987, by Pope Saint John Paul II. It includes the department of the same name located to the north of San Salvador, the country’s capital.