In Memory of Br. Miguel Álvarez Véliz (1949-2020)

On 8 December 2020, our brother Miguel Álvarez Véliz, OFM of the Province of Saints Francis and James in Mexico, died in Zapopan, Jalisco. He died at the age of 71, after 51 years of religious life and 46 years of perpetual profession.

Among the many offices he held, he was a support in the Refectory in the General Curia, Rome, Italy for 15 years between 1996 and 2011.

Always seeking to please God, trying to grow day by day, Br. Michael wrote these words expressing his desire to consecrate himself to God through the Franciscan life: “I have seen how difficult it is to be perfect, holy, and that we will continually struggle, but God in His mysterious and profound designs called us, and He will give us the strength to answer His love and be His witnesses in the world”. It was this that Br. Miguel wanted to leave wherever he was going to serve, being a witness of God’s love through his diligent work, quiet and patient service, diligence, and fraternal simplicity.

Thank you for your example, Br. Miguel, may God welcome in His love so that you may enter the enjoyment of eternal life.

May Mary Immaculate, intercede for you before God since it was on her feast that God called you home.