Tuesday, March 23, 2010

St Turibius of Mongrovejo

23 March is the feast day of St Turibius, Bishop of Lima. The breviary says:

Born in Spain about the year 1538. He studied law in Salamanca and in 1580 was chosen to be Bishop of Lima and went to America. He was on fire with apostolic zeal and called together synods and councils for the purpose of reforming religion in the whole country. He strenuously defended the rights of the Church and looked after the flock committed to his care by going among them on visitation, as well as spending much time and labour for the good of the native Indian population. He died in 1606.

St Turibius was beatified in 1679 by Pope Blessed Innocent XI.