Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo

Statue of Saint Toribio de Mogrovejo
17th century
Chapel of Saint Toribio
Basílica Catedral de Lima, Peru

In Europe we do not hear too much of Saint Toribio Alfonso Mogrovejo, Archbishop of Lima (1538 - 23 March 1606).

In 1983, Blessed Pope John Paul II declared him the Patron Saint of the Episcopate in South America.

Born in Spain he was sent to Lima as its Archbishop where he appears to have been a very tornado of action

In his time he baptised and confirmed about 500,000 people, among them St. Rose of Lima, St. Francis Solano, and Saint Martin of Porres He set up the first seminary for priests in the Western hemisphere