Board of Directors
fr. Gerard TIMONER III
Master of the Order of Preachers
Fr. Gerard Francisco Parco Timoner III, who hails from the Province of Camarines Norte, in the Philippines, was appointed as the new Master of the Order in 2019. Before, he was the immediate past Socius of the Master for Asia-Pacific and prior to that was the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines. His formal assignment in the Province is in the Priory of Saint Thomas Aquinas in the University of Santo Tomas (UST), where he was once the Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs and Rector of the Central (Interdiocesan) Seminary. In 2014, Fr. Timoner was named a member of the International Theological Commission by Pope Francis himself. As the new Master of the Order, Fr. Timoner now takes over as UST’s Grand Chancellor.
sr. Margaret MAYCE
International Coordinator - Dominican Sisters International
Sr. Margaret Mayce is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Congregation of the Holy Cross, Amityville, New York. Prior to her election as International Coordinator of Dominican Sisters International Confederation (DSIC), she served as the Representative of the NGO Dominican Leadership Conference at the UN in New York. In this capacity, Margaret served as Chair of the NGO Committee for Social Development from 2012-2016, and Chair of the NGO Mining Working Group from 2017-2019. While at the UN, she was engaged in a wide range of issues, including poverty eradication; sustainable development and climate change; the plight of women and girls worldwide; and financing for sustainable development. She brings the rich Dominican tradition of advocacy on behalf of human rights to all that she does. From 2001-2007, she served on her Congregation’s Leadership Team as Councilor for Ministry and was elected to membership on the National Board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). She has also served as the Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, and lived and worked in the Dominican Republic for three years. She holds a B.A. in Sociology; a Masters in International Political Economic Development; a Certificate in Pastoral Spanish; and a Certificate in Preaching.
fr. Benjamin EARL
Procurator General of the Order of Preachers
Fr. Benjamin Earl is the Procurator General of the Dominican Order, the member of the General Council responsible for the Order's business with the Vatican and matters of Canon Law for the Order internationally. Fr. Benjamin, a member of the Province of England, was born and grew up in Canterbury (UK). He entered the Order after degrees in Mathematics and in Computer Science at the University of Oxford. More recently fr. Benjamin was Parish Priest and University Chaplain at Durham and superior of the Dominican community there. He has served as a judge of the Diocesan Tribunal of Hexham and Newcastle, a trustee of various charities in the UK. He was also Trustee of the Hoper Dixon Trust, a charity seeking to relieve poverty among the people, who are often victims of social injustice or refugees. He also represented the Charifaith Common Investment Fund on the UK Church Investors' Group (CIG), that is seeking to avoid investment in companies with dubious practices (poor human rights record, disregard for indigenous communities, co-operation in human trafficking, etc.). Fr. Benjamin is currently a member of the Juridical Commission of the Union of Superiors General.
fr. Orlando RUEDA ACEVEDO
Socius for the Apostolic Life of the Order of Preachers
As the Socius for the Apostolic Life of the Order of Preachers, Fr Orlando Rueda Acevedo plays a major role in the promotion of justice and peace within the Order. In his different visits to the regions and communities in the world, Fr. Orlando takes special care to recognize, promote and encourage proposals and projects for the promotion of justice and peace. In the same way, as a member of the International Commission of Justice and Peace of the Order and of the Board of Dominicans for Justice and Peace, the Socius must ensure and promote the daily witness of the Order in its mission to promote human rights.
fr. Michel FONTAINE
Honorary Professor at HES-SO and Priest of St Paul's Parish in Geneva
Fr. Michel Fontaine entered religious life at 49. He has been trained in the field of nursing, social sciences, theological ethics, and bioethics. Fr. Michel is an honorary professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (Hautes Écoles Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (HES-SO)). He was also an invited professor of Epistemology of Sciences at the Institute of Higher Education and Research in Healthcare of the University of Lausanne. Fr. Michel is currently engaged in parish ministry, is a member of the Geneva Health Care Office (Bureau de la Pastorale de la Santé), and is a chaplain in medico-social facilities for the elderly. Finally, he is a member of the Bioethics Commission of the Conference of Churches in Switzerland. Fr. Michel lives in the Dominican community in Geneva.
fr. Pablo SICOULY
Socius for the Intellectual Life of the Order of Preachers
Fr. Pablo is the Socius of the Master of the Order for the Intellectual Life since 2018. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he entered the Order of Preachers in 1979 after completing his law studies. He is a Doctor of Theology from the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen) in Frankfurt-Main, Germany and a Professor of Philosophy from the Saint Thomas Aquinas University of the North (Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino - UNSTA) in Argentina. He was Regent of Studies of his Province and Prior Provincial from 2007 to 2015. During this period, he served as President of the Governing Board and Grand Chancellor of the UNSTA. He was professor at the Dominican Center of Studies and at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Argentina (Universidad Católica Argentina) in Buenos Aires. From 2015 to 2018 he served as Promoter of Studies for the Interprovincial Conference of Dominicans in Latin America and the Caribbean (Conferencia Interprovincial de Dominicos en América Latina y el Caribe - CIDALC). He is at the moment a visiting professor at the Faculty of Theology of San Esteban (Facultad de Teología San Esteban) in Salamanca, collaborating in a joint program with CIDALC.