Friar Gilberto Gonçalves Garcia

Friar Gilberto holds a Doctoral degree in Philosophy from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He served as the Rector of the Universidade São Francisco, in the State of São Paulo, and of the Centro Universitário Franciscano do Paraná (FAE), in Curitiba. He was also the President of the Brazilian Association of Community Universities (ABRUC) and of the Board of Brazilian University Rectors (CRUB).

Currently he is the President of the National Board of Education (CNE), Rector of the Universidade Católica de Brasília (UCB) and professor of the Stricto Sensu Post-Graduation Programs in History and Religion Sciences at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás (PUC/GO).

Dom Leonardo Ulrich Steiner

Philosopher, theologian and educator, Dom Leonardo holds a Master’s and a Doctoral Degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University Antonianum, in Rome, where he also completed his studies at the Higher School of Medieval and Franciscan Studies.

He served in several Houses of Formation of the Província Franciscana da Imaculada Conceição do Brasil and as a Philosophy professor in several universities. For four years, he worked as the Secretary General at the Pontifical University Antonianum. He was nominated the Bishop for the Prelature of São Félix do Araguaia, in the State of Mato Grosso. Currently he is the Bishop Coadjutor of Brasilia and the Secretary General of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.

Friar Betto

Journalist, anthropologist, philosopher and theologian, Friar Betto has authored 60 books. Since 1982, he has been awarded several national and international prizes for both his literary production and for his initiatives for Human Rights.

Professionally, he coordinated ANAMPOS (National Articulation of Trade Union and Popular Movements), helped found CUT (Unified Workers’ Center) and CMP (the Center for Popular Movements). He served as an advisor to the Pastoral Operária of ABC (São Paulo), to the Institute of Citizenship (São Paulo) and to the Base Ecclesial Communities (CEBs). He was also the advisor to the Movement of Rural Landless Workers (MST).

In 2003 and 2004 served as the Special Councilor to the President of Brazil and Coordinator of the Social Mobilization of the Zero Hunger Program. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Advisory Board for the Peace and Justice Commission of the State of São Paulo. He is a founding member of the Education for All Program.

Friar Vitório Mazzuco, OFM

Friar Vitório holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Instituto Teológico Franciscano of Petrópolis (ITF) and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Theology, with a specialization in Franciscan Spirituality from the Pontifical University Antonianum (PUA) in Rome. Currently he is a professor of Spiritual Theology, Theology and Franciscan Spirituality at the Instituto Teológico Franciscano (ITF), a lecturer in several conferences and Spirituality programs, and an advisor at retreat centers.

Friar Ernesto Londoño Orozco, OFM

Friar Ernesto holds a Licentiate Degree in Philosophy and Theology (Bogota), a Master’s Degree in Education Sciences from the Universidad San Buenaventura (USB)/Colombia, University Paris Est Créteil (UPEC) and the Catholic Institute of Paris, and a Doctoral degree in Education Sciences from the Université Rennes 2 and in Education from the Catholic Institute of Paris. He has a broad experience in university teaching and management.

He has also worked as the Manager and Director of the Doctoral programs in Human Sciences, Humanism and the Person at the Universidad de San Buenaventura, where he is currently the Rector. His publications include his Doctoral dissertation “The transmission of values during youth - an ethnographic study.”


  • Congregação

  • FAE
  • Bom Jesus
  • USF
  • Instituto São Boa Ventura
  • Conferência dos Frades Menores do Brasil