Father Ruben Martinez Ortega OP, elected as a prior provincial of Our Lady of the Rosary province on August 5, 2021, in Avila Spain, the successor of Father Bonifacio Garcia Solis OP, and he become 116 Prior Provincial of the Province.
Rubén was born 23 August 1962 in Mazariegos, (Palencia, Spain). He completed his High School studies at Colegio Nuestra Seora del Rosario in Valladolid (1972-1980). He entered the novitiate at Santo Domingo Priory of Ocaña (Toledo, Spain) (1981-1982), made his first vows on 21 September 1982. He completed his institutional studies at the Provincial Studium of San Pedro Martir in Madrid from 1980 to 1987. On 27 June 1987, he was ordained to the priesthood.
He studied English in Scotland before returning to Spain to fulfill his military service from 1988 to 1989. In 1989-2013 he was assigned to the mission in Taiwan.
Aside from his pastoral ministries in various Taiwanese-speaking Parishes in the Vicariate, he served as Vicar Provincial of the mission from 2001-2010 and as National Coordinator of the Dominican Family in Taiwan. He was chosen to be one of the founding friars of the Timor Leste mission, and he served as the Vicar of the Provincial and the house superior at Saint Dominic’s House in Dili (Timor Leste). His native language is Spanish, he speaks fluently English, Taiwanese, Portuguese, and Tetun.
Father Ruben was elected by the capitulars of the Provincial Chapter in the Real Monasterio Santo Tomas on August 5, 2021, and his election has been confirmed by the master of the Order Father Gerard Francisco Timoner III OP.
It is with great joy that the brethren in the Province of Our Lady of the Rosary welcome the new Prior Provincial and we ask God fervently to send His Holy Spirit upon him and guide him in animating the brothers in the mission and leading us to be faithful to the Gospel.