Homiletic Service notes are prepared by Reverend Juan Ignacio Alfaro, Pastor at Saint Rose of Lima.
Fr. Juan was born in Miranda, Navarra Spain on November 14, 1938. Born to Quinciano and Margarita Alfaro, he grew up in a rural vineyard setting with one brother and a sister who also entered the religious life. Wanting to be a missionary, he joined the Benedictine Order and went to the abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat in Manila, Philippines. He studied theology at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, and was ordained a priest on Dec. 23, 1962. After receiving a doctorate in theology in 1964, he went to the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where he was awarded a Doctorandus in Re Biblica. His fourth year in Rome was spent teaching Johannine Writings at the International Benedictine College of Sant Anselmo. He returned to Manila in 1968 and taught Scripture at the Benedictine Abbey and San Beda College, the University of Santo Tomas and the Jesuit School of Theology.
After President Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines, Fr. Juan came to San Antonio in 1973 to work at the Mexican American Catholic College. Except for one short assignment to the Diocese of El Paso, he continued his teaching here in San Antonio. He served in residence from 1984-1989 at St. Matthew’s parish as a Parochial Vicar, and in 1991, was named pastor of Saint Rose of Lima parish where he is still today. He continues to teach at local colleges and universities, and has given biblical workshops in about 45 different dioceses in the U.S. and Mexico. He has written numerous books, mostly on Scripture and has published many articles in biblical and theological magazines, as well as Catholic Newspapers. At present, Fr. Juan is a core member of an international group preparing a new bible translation into Spanish, La Biblia de la Iglesia en America, under the auspices of the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM) and the U.S. Conference of Bishops.