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Monsignor to discuss Blessed Virgin Mary's appearance at Guadalupe
CHARLOTTE — The Virgin's appearance to St. Juan Diego at Guadalupe was a catalyst for a religious and cultural transformation. The seventh annual Eucharistic Congress will feature Monsignor Eduardo Chávez, postulator of the cause for St. Juan Diego, who will bring the Guadalupe event into the Eucharistic Adoration perspective.
Monsignor Eduardo Chávez Sánchez holds a doctorate in Church history, is co-founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies, and was named canon of the National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2005. Born in Mexico City on Dec. 31, 1956, he entered Mexico's Conciliar Seminary and studied philosophy and theology in the Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies (Instituto Superior de Estudios Eclesiásticos). He was ordained to priesthood on Aug. 15, 1981, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. He also holds a diploma in philosophy from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, as well as a doctorate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University, with the thesis: La Iglesia en México hacia el Concilio Plenario Latinoamericano (1896-1899)" ("The Church in Mexico during the Latin American Plenary Council").
On May 17, 2001, Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera appointed Monsignor Chávez as postulator for the cause of Juan Diego. St. Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002. he also served as general secretary for the visit of Blessed John Paul II to Mexico.
Monsignor Chávez has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, participating in conferences, addressing major academic institutions internationally, and publishing more than 28 books and several articles.
He explains this true and rich relation between the Guadalupan event and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist: "Our Lady of Guadalupe sent Juan Diego to the bishop to ask for a house for God, a church. She was asking for a place for the priests and bishops to present the Bread of Life to the people."
— Carlos Castañeda, Catholic News Herald
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