Skip to comments.California Priest Inspires Push for Beatification Cause
Posted on 03/01/2013 12:49:05 PM PST by marshmallow
Los Angeles, Calif., Mar 1, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Basque-born priest Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, a reputed miracle worker who ministered in Los Angeles for decades until his death in 1981, has inspired efforts to open an inquiry into his cause for beatification.
Fr. Aloysius was an example of holiness in every way. Fr. Kevin Manion of San Diego told CNA Feb. 27. He leaves an incredibly heroic example of love of God and missionary zeal which is most attractive for people of today.
Fr. Manion, who worked as Fr. Aloysius personal secretary from 1973-1981, said the priest showed fidelity of purpose and faithfulness to grace.
He was prayerful and pious since his infancy with a special love of the Virgin Mary and the Rosary.
Fr. Aloysius was born on June 21, 1905 in the city of Igorre in the Basque region of Spain. He was baptized Juan Luis Ellacuria. He entered the Claretian Missionaries at the age of 11 and was ordained a priest at the age of 24. Soon after his ordination, he went to the United States and served as a Greek and Latin professor.
He served as a novice director and a superior for the Claretians. He founded the Missionaries of Perpetual Adoration in Fatima, Portugal to help spread the message of Portugal.
Fr. Aloysious served as a formation director, a spiritual director and counselor for many people in need. He founded twelve prayer groups, which he called guilds.
He worked for decades in the Los Angeles region before his death on April 6, 1981.
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Sounds like a very good man. Had he not asked for his personal papers to be kept confidential for twenty years after his death, JPII may have beatified him.