One of the new updates for sanctity announced recently by the Holy Father is VENERABLE PAUL MARIA GUZMAN FIGUEROA, founder of the Eucharistic Missionaries of the Holy Trinity. He was one of those people who left his mark, challenging fate amid adversity, while helping others to follow in the footsteps of Christ.
Venerable Paul was born on September 25, 1897, in the state of
. Guanajuato, Mexico
In 1909 he moved to
working as a telegrapher for two years and contemplating marriage.
He went to school to become a pharmacist, even opening his own pharmacy, but then he met the Venerable Servant of God Father Felix Jesus Rougier, founder of the
Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. His life took a 180 degree turn and in1919, he
entered the novitiate. Queretaro
In 1923 he was ordained, becoming a missionary in
and in other Latin American countries. In 1936, he felt
called to found the Congregation of
the Eucharistic Missionaries of the Holy Trinity. The following year, he
started the Missionary Auxiliary Daughters of Soledad de Maria, opening the
doors to lay women who wanted to join his
work. The two foundations live the Spirituality of the Cross. Mexico
Because he was interested in Catholic education, he opened several colleges along with Mother Enriqueta Rodriguez Noriega. Taking advantage of modern travel, he transversed the world spreading the faith and making new foundations.
He was always grateful to God for the gift of priesthood. He was a priest close to the people, frequently visiting their homes and encouraging them with his infectious joy. He sought holiness in the simple things every day.
On February 17, 1967, in
he died with a reputation for holiness. The slogan that marked his
priestly life was "God and souls." Mexico City