Board of Directors
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.
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.
Director and Permanent Delegate to the United Nations
General Promoter of Justice and Peace of the Order of Preachers
Born in Welkom in South Africa in 1953, Fr. Michael Deeb holds a Masters degree in Theology, having also studied Social Sciences. For a major part of his life he worked, as a leader and as a chaplain, with secondary and university catholic student movements. Through these movements, he was actively involved in the events following the student revolts of June 1976, in the buildup to the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983, and in the mobilization during the States of Emergency in the late 80’s, spending 50 days in detention in 1985. He entered the Dominican Order in 1986 and from 2000 to 2007 he was the International Chaplain of the International Young Catholic Students movement (IYCS) and the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS), based in Paris. On his return to South Africa in 2008, he became the Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). In January 2014, he was appointed by the Master of the Order to be the Permanent Delegate of the Dominican Order to the United Nations and in October 2014 he became the Order’s General Promoter for Justice and Peace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laurence is a Canadian-Swiss jurist specialized in human rights. She has extensive work experience and expertise in the defence of human rights at the United Nations level and in capacity building of civil society on action and advocacy for the promotion of human rights worldwide. She is working as Programme Coordinator for Dominicans for Justice and Peace since 2016. Prior to this position, she worked in the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights sections of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Bern and was involved in the work of the Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant and youth advocate coordinator with the Lebanese NGO Right to Nonviolence. Laurence holds a Master's degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and International Law from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Canada.
Coordinator of the Academic Engagement Programme
Born in 1960, Fr. Luc-Thomas Somme is a teacher-researcher in ethics. After a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Theology, he has taught in various seminaries and universities, notably in Toulouse, Fribourg (Switzerland) and Tananarive. He was Dean of the Faculty of Theology and then Rector of the Catholic Institute of Toulouse. Within the Dominican Order, he was also Regent of Studies of the Province of Toulouse and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the Angelicum. On March 1, 2020 he was appointed by the Master of the Order as Coordinator of the Academic Engagement Programme of the Delegation of the United Nations.
Benedict Rimando, a Filipino national, has been a project and programme manager in the peacebuilding and humanitarian contexts for several years. He has worked with the UNDP as a coordinator of a joint UN youth programme and was also coordinator of the UN Peacebuilding Fund in the Central African Republic (CAR). In the humanitarian field, he managed emergency projects with the World Vision International (WVI) as Regional Manager in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and as Programmes Director in CAR. He was also Peace and Conflict Advisor for WVI both in the DRC and in Geneva and has also supported Relational Peacebuilding Initiatives (RPI). Earlier, he occupied the position of Executive Director of a national NGO engaged in mediation and was a Knowledge Management Consultant in the Philippines. Previous to that, he engaged in missionary work in the DRC and in the Philippines during which he was involved in Justice and Peace work. Benedict has done studies in Philosophy, Theology and Anthropology.