Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves

Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves S.J. (born 20 April 1959) is a Spanish priest, a member of the Jesuits, who was the prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy from 1 January 2020 to 30 November 2022. Before that he taught at the university level and held administrative positions within the Jesuit order.

Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves

Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed14 November 2019
Installed1 January 2020
Term ended30 November 2022
PredecessorGeorge Pell
SuccessorMaximino Caballero Ledo
Ordination30 May 1992
Personal details
Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves

(1959-04-20) 20 April 1959 (age 63)
Alma materAutonomous University of Madrid
Comillas Pontifical University
Boston College


Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, S.J., was born on 20 April 1959 in Mérida, Spain, the second of four brothers.[1] After beginning college to study economics following the career path of his father, a businessman, he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in 1979. He was ordained a priest on 30 May 1992. He earned a licentiate in economics at the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1986 and a licentiate in philosophy and letters there in 1993. He studied theology in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Lyon, France, and obtained a licentiate in theology from the Comillas Pontifical University in 1994.[2][3] He studied political philosophy at Boston College in 1998–1999.[3]

He served as professor of social and political philosophy at the Comillas Pontifical University from 1994 to 1997 and from 1999 to 2003.[2] His academic publications include many articles in social and political philosophy and on Ignatian spirituality as well.[3] For the Jesuits he was master of novices in Spain from 2003 to 2008, provincial superior of the province of Castilla from 2008 to 2014, treasurer of the Society of Jesus in Mozambique from 2015 to 2017, and director of Saint Ignatius of Loyola secondary school in Tete, Mozambique, for the year 2016-2017,[2] its first year.[4] Beginning in 2017 he served as delegate of the superior general in Rome for interprovincial homes and works and as general counsellor of the Society of Jesus,[2] where he had administrative and budgeting responsibilities for the Pontifical Gregorian University and Biblical Institute, the Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, Vatican Radio, and some student residences and guest houses.[3] He has led numerous retreats,[3] including one for the bishops of Spain in January 2019.[5]

On 14 November 2019, Pope Francis named him prefect of the Secretariate for the Economy, effective 1 January 2020.[2] Although when Pope Francis created that position he established that it should be held by a cardinal, and therefore normally a bishop, he agreed to allow Guerrero Alves to remain a priest so that he could return to ordinary assignments as a Jesuit when his curial service ends.[3]

On 30 November 2022, his resignation for personal reasons was announced.[6]


  1. ^ "Así es Guerrero, el jesuita extremeño y políglota que asume las finanzas del Vaticano". El Confidential (in Spanish). 14 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rinunce e nomine, 14.11.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f O'Connell, Gerard (14 November 2019). "Pope Francis names Spanish Jesuit as new head of Vatican finances". America. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  4. ^ Muller, Heribert (13 June 2017). "A Discussion with Heribert Muller, S.J., Director of St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School, Tete, Mozambique" (Interview). Interviewed by Harshita Nadimpalli. Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  5. ^ Martín Álvarez, Marina (14 January 2019). "¿Sabes quién es el encargado de dirigir los Ejercicios Espirituales de los obispos?" (in Spanish). Cadena COPE. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Rinunce e nomine" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 30 November 2022. Retrieved 30 November 2022.

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