Venerable Servant of God, Mamerto Esquiú OFM, Bishop of Córdoba (Argentina)

Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On 19 June 2020, the Holy Father received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorised the same Congregation to promulgate the decree relating to the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Mamerto Esquiú of the Order of Friars Minor, Bishop of Córdoba (Argentina); born on 11 May 1826 in San Josè de Piedra Blanca (Argentina) and died on 10 January 1883 in La Posta de El Suncho (Argentina).

 

Venerable Mamerto Esquiú OFM

The Venerable Mamerto Esquiú (1826 -1883) in 1841 entered the Friars Minor of the Province of the Assumption in Argentina. As a priest, he distinguished himself particularly in preaching, a ministry for which he was appreciated not only in Church but also in political circles. His calls for peace, brotherhood and civil cooperation helped to create the socio-cultural climate for the birth of the new Argentine Federal State. In a spirit of service and evangelisation, between 1855 and 1862, Father Esquiú also agreed to play an active political role as a deputy and member of the governing council of Catamarca. Eager to return to regular Franciscan life, in 1862 he moved to Bolivia as an apostolic missionary. In 1870 he was recommended for the Episcopal See of Buenos Aires. However, he considered himself unworthy of it and therefore left the country going on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Rome and Assisi. In 1879 he could not refuse the appointment as Bishop of Córdoba. He was consecrated on December 12, 1880. In his ministry, he distinguished himself for his doctrine and authority and promoted holiness as the heart of priestly life and Christian commitment. The foundation of his extraordinary pastoral activity was his intense life of prayer and union with Christ. Marked by his apostolic labours, he died suddenly on January 10, 1883. He was declared Venerable in 2006. The miracle presented for beatification occurred in the diocese of Tucumán in Argentina in 2016 in favour of a new-born girl suffering from severe osteomyelitis of the femur.