Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23: St. Turibius of Mongrovejo

St. Turibius of Mongrovejo

History

Saint Turibius was one of the first saints of the New World. He was born in Spain where he was a brilliant student, law professor, then judge. When he was appointed Archbishop of Lima in Peru, he wasn’t even a priest yet! But the pope knew he was holy and faithful, and could solve all the problems in that archdiocese. He was quickly ordained priest and bishop and got on a boat for Peru. He arrived to find that the Spanish conquistadors had forced the native people into slavery. Turibius worked very hard to correct the problems. 

Activity

Saint Turbibius is the patron for Native American rights because of the work he did to raise the dignity of the Natives in Peru from poverty and slavery to a more comfortable way of life. He studied the people’s language and traveled all over to meet everybody, winning them over with his deep love for Christ and for them. Today, learn how to pray the Our Father in Spanish (the predominant language in Peru today). This video can help you. 

Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo, pray for us!

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