On May 22, 2015, at the Domus Pacis in Santa Maria degli Angeli Assisi (Perugia, Italy), the Ordinary General Chapter elected Br. Julio César Bunader general Vicar of the Order Friars Minor, confirming him in the role that was already entrusted to him in July 2013 to complendum sexennium.
Br. Julio César was born in Mendoza (Argentina), in the diocese of Mendoza, January 9, 1961, to Miguel César and Luisa Jalil. He entered the Order of Friars Minor, in the Argentinian Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1983 and after Postulancy he was vested in the Franciscan habit on March 5, 1984. At the conclusion of the Novitiate he professed simple vows on February 27, 1985 and his solemn vows on March 12, 1988. He was ordained a priest on May 1, 1992.
He is a professor in philosophy and has a bachelors’s degree in theology. He also completed his studies in moral theology at the Pontifical Alphonsian Academy in Rome, earning a Licentiate.
His Franciscan life is dotted by “service”: in addition to having worked in parish ministry, has provided services in some educational centers. He was a formator for the Province and Rector of the Franciscan Theological Institute of Buenos Aires, as well as Dean of the Franciscan School affiliated to the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) in Mendoza. Professor of Moral Theology. He was also general Visitator, provincial Definitor and from 2004 to 2009 he held the responsibility of the provincial Minister. Meanwhile he was also president of the Conference of provincial Ministers of the Cono Sur as well as UCLAF. In the General Chapter of 2009 he was elected general Definitor of the Order, the service that has undertaken until his appointment, July 9, 2013, as general Vicar ad complendum sexennium.