Br. Carlos Ernesto Florez, CSV, attended the recent General Direction as a trusted councilor of Fr. Alain Ambeault, CSV, superior general, signaling just how rich his experiences have been during his 23 years as a Viatorian.
Br. Carlos is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and he began his ministry with the Viatorians as a teaching brother and campus ministry director at Colegio San Viator. Five years later, he would leave his native country and serve with Viatorians at their mission in Belize, offering liturgy training to lay ministers.
Colombia would call him back to serve as vocations director before he first arrived in the United States in 2004. Over the last 12 years, Br. Carlos has led the Hispanic ministry at St. Viator Parish in Chicago, served as admissions director at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, and as a key staff member at the Viatorian Province Center. He also became an American citizen.
In 2012, Br. Carlos was appointed by Fr. Ambeault as a member of his general council, and he continues in that role, traveling to Viatorian institutions around the world.
“As a native of Bogotá, and someone who worked in Belize and lived in the United States,” says Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, provincial, “he’s a natural.”