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Monsignor Celestino Aós Braco

Chancellor

Holds the guardianship of the University through the Office of the Chancellor. Runs the university and is the direct and immediate nexus with the hierarchical authorities of the Catholic Church, especially with the Holy See. The Archbishop of Santiago is, by his own right, Chancellor of the Pontificia Universidad Católica. Should the Archbishop position be vacant, the responsibilities of the Chancellor shall be carried out by the religious official managing the archdiocese, who will do so under the title of Pro-Chancellor.  

Duties

Holds the guardianship of the University and is the direct and immediate nexus with the Church’s hierarchical authorities, especially with the Holy See. Other duties include:

  • Watching over the Catholic orthodoxy in the University’s activities. 
  • Leading the University’s pastoral activities.
  • Being the information and communication channel of the University with the Holy See and the other hierarchical authorities of the Catholic Church.
  • Informing the Holy See of matters of special relevance that occur at or affect the University, and also to the Episcopal Conference, especially in matters of national relevance.
  • Presenting to the Holy See the requests of the College of Theology for its teaching candidates.
  • Appointing the Provost, the Secretary General, Vice Presidents, Directors of theological centers and theology professors.
  • Ensuring compliance with the requirements for dean candidates.
  • Adopting the necessary measures to maintain proper governance of the University.
  • Resolving potential conflicts between the University president and its Leadership Council. 
  • Signing the diplomas of tenured professors, and Bachelor’s and PhD in theology; likewise the diplomas and decrees conferring the honorary degrees of Doctor Scientiae et Honoris Causa and Doctor Honoris Causa.
  • Attending sessions of any of the University’s collegiate bodies with the right to speak as honorary president.
  • Approving modifications to the General Statutes of the University and the College of Theology.
  • Approving the Christian education courses taught at the University.

Career

Celestino Aós was born in Spain in 1945. At the age of 10 he entered the order of the Minor Capuchin Friars and at 19 he made his first religious profession.

During his training he studied philosophy in Zaragoza, theology in Pamplona and was ordained a priest in 1968. During the 1970s he studied psychology at the University of Barcelona and afterwards attended Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to do research in this field.

In 1983 he was assigned to the Province of Chile as parochial vicar in the Longaví Parish (Diocese of Linares), which was entrusted to the Capuchin Friars.

He was Treasurer of the Chilean Association of Canon Law; promoter of justice in the Ecclesiastical Court of Valparaíso, and psychologist and judge in the Interdiocesan Ecclesiastical Court of Concepción. As a member of special courts to study historical processes in beatification and canonization cases, it was his responsibility to study the miracle for the canonization of priest Alberto Hurtado.

In 2014 Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of the Diocese of Copiapó and on March 23, 2019 the Holy Father appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Santiago and he became the Pro-Chancellor of Universidad Católica. In December of the same year, the Pope appointed him Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santiago and, in accordance with the General Statutes of the University, Monsignor Aós became Chancellor of the UC.
 

Monsignor Celestino Aós Braco

His Team

Presbyter Tomás Scherz

Vice Chancellor

Presbyter Fernando Valdivieso

University Chaplain

Benjamín Cruz

Director of Campus Ministry