Monsignor Carlos Quintana Puente

Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (Latin American Council of Catholic Bishops)
Director emeritus Office of Development
Bogota, Colombia
Monsignor Carlos Quintana Puente is a diocesan priest from the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico who brings a wealth of experience teaching Christian stewardship. For the past 20 years he has introduced stewardship to Catholic Church leaders in Central and South America and in many dioceses both in the United States and Latin America. For seven years he was a member of the ICSC board of directors and served a term as its treasurer.
Monsignor Quintana has just returned to San Juan after having served a three-year term as director of the office of development at CELAM, the bishops’ council that represents the 22 Catholic bishops’ conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is no stranger to CELAM. He was the council’s general treasurer from 1999 to 2005 and has been a member of its economic committee for 20 years.
Before Monsignor’s recent stint at CELAM he served Ecuador’s conference of Catholic bishops from 2014 to 2017 as director of the bishops’ nationwide stewardship campaign, “5 Loaves and 2 Fishes.”
From 2009 to 2014, a number of Latin American bishops were able to attend ICSC conferences through Monsignor Quintana’s efforts as executive director of the Secretariat for the Church in Latin America at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
As a pastor, he integrated stewardship principles into his parish and school at Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish) and as Director of Academia del Perpetuo Socorro (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Academy) in the Archdiocese of San Juan.
The University of Notre Dame was where Monsignor Quintana earned his finance degree and graduated cum laude in 1983. He then worked for several Wall Street investment firms before entering formation to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Juan. He earned degrees in philosophy and theology and graduated cum laude from the Universidad de Navarra in Spain in 1996. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Juan in 1996. Alongside his pastoral responsibilities as a priest were his assigned duties on the staff of the vicar for administration where he oversaw the archdiocesan investment portfolio and pension fund.
Monsignor Quintana is a strong proponent of continuing education for church professionals, and he recently earned a master’s degree himself in church administration and management from Catholic University. As a priest, theologian, philanthropy professional and faith-filled steward, Monsignor Quintana Puente is a most worthy recipient of this year's Saint Joseph Distinguished Service Award.