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Msgr. Chavez to Speak About Our Lady of Guadalupe on Oct. 3

Monday, September 29, 2014

Benedictine College is pleased to welcome Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez, postulator for the cause of St. Juan Diego and a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, for a special presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room of Ferrell Academic Center. The event, located on the college campus at 1020 N. Second St. in Atchison, Kan., is free and open to the public.

Msgr. Chavez will also be a part of the dedication of the St. Juan Diego Chapel, the latest worship space to be added to the college campus, earlier in the day on Oct. 3. That ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall, a new women’s residence hall on the campus. A new statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe will also be dedicated at the same time. The public is invited to attend that event as well.

Juan Diego saw the vision of the Blessed Virgin outside of Mexico City in 1531 and the cloak he was wearing bears a miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He was canonized in 2002 and his cloak is still on public display inside the Basilica.

Msgr. Chavez was born in Mexico City in 1956 and as a young man entered Mexico’s Conciliar Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology in the Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies (Instituto Superior de Estudios Eclesiásticos).

He was ordained on Aug. 15, 1981, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. He holds a diploma in philosophy from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara and a doctorate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University. On May 17, 2001, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico, appointed him postulator for the cause of Juan Diego, who was canonized on July 31, 2002. 

Msgr. Chavez was named the first rector of the Catholic University Lumen Gentium of the Archdiocese of Mexico, where he has served since 2002, and in 2003 he became a founding member and rector of the Institute of Guadalupan Studies. He was named canon of the National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2005.

Through his work as postulator and beyond, Msgr. Chávez has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, addressing major academic institutions internationally and publishing more than 28 books and articles.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.