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Rev. Fr. Augusto Garcia

Presbyteri Sancti Sulpicii; Archdiocese of Medellin, Colombia

Reverend Father Augusto Garcia


Fr. John Kohler was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1980, and moved with his family to Calgary to finish high school.  After completing a degree in philosophy at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto (2004), he began studies at St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College.  Fr. John was ordained to the presbyterate in 2010 and served as an assistant at St. Albert the Great parish (Calgary) and All Saints parish (Lethbridge).  He was sent for further studies in Rome and obtained a licence in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2015.  He then returned to his diocese with a special mandate to teach Sacred Scripture and as an assistant at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  In 2016 he was appointed as a member of the formation team at St. Joseph Seminary and as an instructor at Newman Theological College.


  • Birthdate: May 12, 1954, Olaya, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Priestly Ordination: September 14, 1983, Archdiocese of Medellin, Colombia
  • Sulpician Priest: December 03, 2001

Languages Spoken Fluently

  • Spanish (mother tongue)
  • Italian
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • French
  • English

Post-Secondary Education

  • STB 1983 Bolivariana Pontifical University, Medellin, Colombia
  • STL 1985 Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome (Specialization: Dogmatic Theology) (Thesis: La metodologia teologica en la Teodramatica de H.U.von Balthasar)
  • Master in Political Science 1997, Brasilia University, Brasilia, Brazil (Thesis: A Familia nas Politicas Sociais do Estado Brasiliero)
  • Expert in Design and Evaluation of Social Programs for Latin America, 1997, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and Brazilian Government, Brasilia, Brazil
  • STD 2005 Gregorian University, Rome (Thesis: La doctrina de la sustitucion Penal en la teologia contemporanea: H. U. von Balthasar, B. Sesboue, G. O’Collins, W. Pannenberg)


  • Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Formation Director (Theology II)
  • Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Edmonton
  • S.T.D., Dogmatic Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University

Teaching Experience

  • 1985–1989 Faculty Member, Faculty of Theology, Bolivariana Pontifical University, Medellin, Colombia
    Graduate and Undergraduate levels (Theology of Revelation, Ecumenism, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Trinity)
  • 1987 Archdiocesan Seminary of Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
    (Theology of Revelation)
  • 1990–1996 Archdiocesan Seminary Our Lady of Fatima, Brasilia, Brazil
    (Theology of Revelation, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Trinity)
  • 1999 Paul VI Theological Institute, Archdiocese of Londrina, Londrina, Brazil
  • 2006 – today Faculty Member, Newman Theological College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    (Ecclesiology, Trinity, Sociology; Understanding Catholicism, Ecclesiology, Trinity)

Pastoral Experience

  • 1985–1986 Formation Team Member, Archdiocesan Seminary of Medellin, Colombia
  • 1987 Pastor, Nazareth Parish, Medellin, Colombia
  • 1987–1989 Department of Ecumenism, Director, Archdiocese of Medellin
  • 1988–1989 Vice-Rector, Archdiocesan Seminary of Medellin, Colombia
  • 1990–1996 Formation Team Member, Our Lady of Fatima Seminary, Archdiocese of Brasilia, Brazil
  • 1999– Formation Team Member, Archdiocesan Seminary of Londrina, Brazil
  • 2000– Pastoral Experience at Notre Dame de Lourdes; Notre Dame, Montreal
  • 2000–2001 Sunday Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Edmonton
  • 2004–current Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Edmonton
  • 2005–current Formation Team Member, St. Joseph Seminary, Edmonton
  • 2001–current Founder and responsible of the Team of Our Lady – Couple Movement in Edmonton