The Word Among Us

July/August 2018 Issue

Ministering Face-to-Face Heart-to-Heart

How Saint Turibius brought Christ to the New World.

By: Carlos Taja

Ministering Face-to-Face Heart-to-Heart: How Saint Turibius brought Christ to the New World. by Carlos Taja

This is the second of three stories in our Synod 2018 series focusing on vocations. In October, Pope Francis will convene a worldwide synod of bishops and heads of religious orders to discuss the faith, young people, and vocations. Our subject this month is the vocation to the priesthood, as we look at St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, a lawyer-turned-bishop whose humility, administrative genius, and generosity made him a pioneer of the faith in South America.

How does someone with earthly prominence, money, and titles become a saint? How does a man with no apparent priestly vocation become...


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