Born in Argentina in 1992, Fr. Bernardo grew up in a very Catholic family having 11 siblings, of which 7 are consecrated religious. After joining the Minor Seminary of the Institute of Incarnate Word (IVE), he studied humanities and classical literature at the Institute’s High School. His priestly formation was done in the Philippines, in the Institute’s new seminary for Asian vocations, as a way of helping the new communities in the Far East.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 2018 and spent the last two years as a formator for the institute’s major house of formation in the Philippines. Fr. Bernardo has teaching experience in fields ranging from philosophy to sacred music to Marian spirituality. He has served youth and young adults in pastoral ministry initiatives in China, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brazil.
He and his brother priest in the community, Fr. Jonas, have come to Krakow to deepen their theological studies with a focus on the thought, teaching, and spirituality of St. John Paul II.
We are overjoyed to welcome Fr. Bernardo and Fr. Jonas as Krakow study abroad chaplains. They are incredible priests, on fire for their vocations and dedicated to young people. They live in the same residence as our students- at the John Paul II ‘Be Not Afraid’ Center-with the other priests who serve the sanctuary.