Blessed Jesús Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve

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The son of Alberto Jaramillo, a craftsman, and Cecilia Monsalve, a housewife, Jesús was baptized at the age of one day. In the minor seminary, he joined the Misioneros Javerianos de Yarumal (Xaverian Missionaries of Yarumal). Ordained a priest on 1 September 1940. He served as parish priest in Sabanalarga, Colombia, and as chaplain and spiritual advisor at a women‘s prison. Spiritual director of seminarians and novice master of the Misioneroes in 1945. He taught dogmatic theology, Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek in the seminary. Rector of seminarians from 1951 to 1959. Superior-general of the Misioneros from 1959 to 1966. Appointed Vicar Apostolic of Arauca, Colombia and Titular Bishop of Strumnitza by Pope Paul VI on 11 November 1970. Chosen Bishop of Arauca, Colombia by Pope John Paul II on 19 July 1984. Father Jesús spoke out against the teachings and atrocities of the Communist rebel group E.L.N., which led to his being kidnapped on 2 October 1989 while making pastoral visits, tortured and abused for a day or so, and then murdered. Martyr.






El Señor Viene (“The Lord comes”) – Blessed Jesús’s personal and pastoral motto

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