The Memorial of Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Bishop
Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Bishop is the Patron Saint of Peru
Latin American bishops
Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Bishop Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersBishops who became Saints
Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Bishop brief life History
|Date of Birth||16 November 1538|
|Country of Birth||Spain in Europe|
|Profession||Archbishop of Lima|
|Place of Work||Peru, Lima|
|Date of Death||23 March 1606 (aged 67)|
|Place of Death||Saña, Viceroyalty of Peru, Peru|
|Feast Day||March 23|
|Beatification||By Pope Innocent XI on 2 July 1679 in Rome, Papal States|
|Canonization||By Pope Benedict XIII on 10 December 1726 in Rome, Papal States|
|Patron Saint of||Peru
Latin American bishops
Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Bishop Short life History
Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, whose feast the Church honors on April 27th, was born on the 6th of November, 1538, at Mayorga in the kingdom of Leon in Spain. Brought up in a pious family where devotion was hereditary, his youth was a model to all who knew him.
All his leisure was given to devotion or to works of charity. His austerities were great, and he frequently made long pilgrimages on foot. The fame of Turribius as a master of canon and civil law soon reached the ears of King Philip II., who made him judge at Granada. About that time the see of Lima, in Peru, fell vacant, and among those proposed Philip found no one who seemed better endowed than our Saint with all the qualities that were required at that city, where much was to be done for religion.
He sent to Rome the name of the holy judge, and the Sovereign Pontiff confirmed his choice. Turribius in vain sought to avoid the honor. The Pope, in reply, directed him to prepare to receive Holy Orders and be consecrated. Yielding at last by direction of his confessor, he was ordained priest and consecrated. He arrived at Lima in 1587, and entered on his duties. All was soon edification and order in his episcopal city.
A model of all virtue himself, he confessed daily and prepared for Mass by long meditation. St. Turribius then began a visitation of his vast diocese, which he traversed three times, his first visitation lasting seven years and his second four. He held provincial councils, framing decrees of such wisdom that his regulations were adopted in many countries.
Almost his entire revenues were bestowed on his creditors, as he styled the poor. While discharging with zeal his duties he was seized with a fatal illness during his third visitation, and died on the 23d of March, 1666, at Santa, exclaiming, as he received the sacred Viaticum: “I rejoiced in the things that were said to me: ‘We shall go into the house of the Lord.’”
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The proofs of his holy life and of the favors granted through his intercession induced Pope Innocent XI. to beatify him, and he was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII. in the year 1726.