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SUÁREZ INDA Card. Alberto

Card SUÁREZ INDA Alberto

Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda, Archbishop emeritus of Morelia, was born on 30 January 1939 in Celaya, Mexico.  After studying humanities at the seminary in Morelia, he attended the Latin American Pontifical Pius College in Rome from 1958-1965.

He was ordained a priest on 8 August 1964 and served as parish vicar of St. Joseph’s in Morelia and of the Basilica in Pátzcuaro.  He subsequently taught several subjects at the archdiocesan seminary.  He was later appointed as the first parish priest of the new community of the Assumption of Mary in his hometown of Celaya.  With the creation of the new diocese of Celaya, he was appointed rector of the minor seminary in 1974 and served until 1985.

On 5 November 1985 he was appointed Bishop of Tacámbaro and on the following 20 December he received his episcopal ordination.

On 20 January 1995 Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Morelia, Mexico.  During his 20 years of pastoral governance he sponsored the creation of the new diocese of Irapuato, instituted over 40 new parishes, and ordained four bishops and approximately 300 priests.

With the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico (CEM), he has been responsible for the social support for clergy, has been president of the commission for the clergy, which institutes diocesan heads for the permanent formation of priests.  He also served two terms as vice-president of the CEM and headed the commission for the creation of new dioceses.  He currently heads the organization for pastoral education.  Within the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), he was a member of the department of vocations and ministries and participated in the fourth Conference of Latin American Bishops in 1992.  He also took part in the planning commission of the fifth conference in Aparecida in 2007.

He participated in the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops (October 1997). Pope Francis nominated him Member of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly  on: "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the contemporary world" (October 2015).  

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 15 February 2015, of the Title of San Policarpo (St. Policarp).