Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo

Turibius or also known as Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, born in 1538. He was a respected judge and law professor Spain. One day, King Philip II, who was head of the Church in Spain, appointed him Archbishop of Lima, Peru. Toribio told the king and the pope that he had never even been to South America and that he was not even a priest! But the decision had been made. The Church in Peru needed a holy man to lead the people closer to Christ. Toribio was ordained a priest and a bishop, and he soon set sail for his new land.

When he arrived in Lima, he was shocked at what he found. Priests were not caring for their people. The poor were being neglected. Rich Spanish landowners had enslaved many of the native people of Peru and treated them cruelly. Toribio saw that there was much work to be done.

Toribio decided to visit every parish in his new land. Sometimes he rode a mule from place to place, but mostly he traveled on foot. His journey through the diocese took him seven long years. At every parish, he gathered the people to celebrate the Sacraments. He preached about God’s love and how to follow Jesus. He slept on dirt floors in the homes of Catholic families, and he ate whatever food the poor but faithful people could provide. He learned the different languages spoken by his people so that he could speak to them in words they could understand.Read More »