- John Nepomucene Zegrí y Moreno
- Johannes Nepomuk Zegrí y Moreno
Son of Antonio Zegrí Martín and Josefa Moreno Escudero. A pious child, he received a good religious education, and felt an early call to the priesthood. Studied at Saint Dionysius Seminary, Granada, Spain. Ordained at Granada on 2 June 1855. Parish priest at Huétor Santillán and San Gabriel de Loja in Granada. Synodal judge. Canon of the cathedral of Malaga, Spain. Visitor of the religious orders in his diocese. Spiritual director of seminarians. Preacher and royal chaplain to Queen Isabel II.
In Malaga on 16 March 1878, Juan founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy to work for the spiritual and physical improvement of the poor. The Congregation soon spread throughout Spain. However, a scandal developed when some of the Sisters accused Juan of impropriety, and on 7 July 1888 he was ordered away from the Congregation. A lengthy investigation followed during which Juan kept his silence and obeyed all orders of his superiors. On 15 July 1894 he was cleared of all the false allegations, and though he voluntarily stayed away from the Congregation, he again was recognized as its founder.
Juan Nepomuceno Zegrí y Moreno, an upright priest of deep Eucharistic piety, understood well how the proclamation of the Gospel needed to become a dynamic reality, able to transform the apostle’s life. As a parish priest, he was committed to “visibly providing for all those who, suffering from abandonment, must drink from the bitter chalice and receive nourishment from the bread of tears” (19 June 1859). He developed his redemptive spirituality with this purpose, born from intimacy with Christ and directed towards charity for the neediest. He was inspired, through invocation to the Virgin of Mercy, Mother of the Redeemer, to found the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, with the aim of making God’s love ever-present where there was “just one suffering to heal, one misfortune to console, one single hope to instil in hearts”. Today this Institute, following in the footsteps of its Founder, continues its dedication to witness and promote redemptive charity. – Pope John Paul II, at the beatification of Blessed John
Like a good shepherd, going after the lost sheep; like a doctor, healing sick hearts wounded by faults and binding them with hope; like a father, who visibly provides for all of those who, suffering from abandonment, must drink from the bitter chalice and receive nourishment from the bread of tears. – Blessed Juan in a homily describing his vocation to the priesthood
Charity is the only answer to all social problems. – Blessed Juan
- “Blessed Juan Nepomuceno Zegrí y Moreno“. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 April 2015. Web. 1 July 2015. <>