Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga


August 15, 2022

Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, I.M.C. (Bogotá, April 8, 1942-Chía, August 2, 2022) [1] was a Colombian Catholic archbishop and theologian [2] he was Archbishop of Tunja, between 1998 to 2020; president of the CEC, in two non-consecutive periods: between 2005 to 2008 and 2014 to 2017.[3]


Early years and training

Luis Augusto was born on April 8, 1942, in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. He studied at the San Bernardo De la Salle Institute in Bogotá of the Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and at the Minor Seminary of the Missionary Fathers of the Consolata.[4] He studied philosophy at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He studied theology at the Urbaniana University, in Italy. He completed a specialization in psychological counseling at the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a doctorate in Theology at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.

Religious life

He made perpetual profession at the Consolata Missions Institute on March 10, 1967 and received Priestly Ordination in Rome on December 24, 1967. As a priest he held the following positions: Cooperating Vicar of the Cathedral Parish and rector of the University of the Amazon in Florence (1973-1975).[5] Director of the Major Seminary for Philosophy Studies of the Consolata Missions Institute in Bogotá and simultaneously Provincial Councilor (1975-1978). Provincial Superior of his Institute in Colombia (1978-1981). General Councilor of the same Institute in Rome (1981-1986).


On August 2, 2022, he died at the age of 80 at the Marly Clinic in Chía.[6]


Bishop-Vicar of Saint Vincent

On October 17, 1986 he was named Titular Bishop of Acque Flavie and Apostolic Vicar of San Vicente – Puerto Leguízamo and was consecrated on November 29, 1986. [6]

Archbishop of Tunja

On March 14, 1998 he was appointed Archbishop of Tunja. Between 2002 and 2005 he was Vice President of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia. As of July 2005 he is the President of the National Conciliation Commission.[7] From July 5, 2005 to July 5, 2008 he was elected President of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia. He was reelected as President of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia on July 9, 2014 for a period of 3 years. In addition, he chairs the National Conciliation Commission.[8]


On February 11, 2020, Pope Francis accepts his resignation from the Archbishopric of Tunja due to the age limit of 78 YEARS.[9]


External Links

File in El Tiempo Record in Episcopal Conference of Colombia File in Kien&Ke File in CVLAC Funeral of Luis Castro Quiroga will be in the Chapel of the Tabernacle