Fr Valencia Mosquera was born in Abejorral on September 9, 1963. He did his novitiate between 1982 and 1983 at Rionegro, made his perpetual vows on December 31, 1988, in Copacabana, and was ordained a priest on November 2, 1991, in Rionegro.
He served as Vicar at the "San Jorge" house in Ibagué (1992-94), and then in the La Ceja novitiate (1994-96). After a year in Cartagena, he resided in Medellín, becoming Director of "Ciudad Don Bosco" (1999-2006), Economer from 2010, and Director, since 2015, of the Provincial Center, positions he still holds.
At the Provincial level, he was first Counselor (2000-04), then Vicar (2004-06) and Delegate for the Pastoral Ministry in the field of marginalization (2004-07 and 2010-13). Since 2009 he is also Provincial Economer.
Fr Valencia Mosquera, who will succeed Fr. John Jairo Gómez Rúa, will be sworn in on July 29 during a Eucharist presided by the Councilor for the Interamerica region, Fr Timothy Ploch.