Pablo de Anda Padilla

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Pablo de Anda Padilla
Born Pablo de Anda Padilla
(1830-07-08)July 8, 1830
San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico
Died June 29, 1904(1904-06-29) (aged 73)
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Occupation Priest
Nationality Mexican
Notable works Hijas Mínimas de María Inmaculada, CFMM

Pablo de Anda Padilla (July 8, 1830 – June 29, 1904) was a Catholic priest and founder of Hijas Mínimas de María Inmaculada, CFMM, Latin for Congregatio Filiarum Minimarum Marie[1]

Biography[edit]

Early years and priesthood[edit]

Pablo de Anda Padilla was born on July 8, 1830, in the city of San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, México. His parents, Mr. Mariano de Anda and Mrs. Sanjuana Padilla has five children: Pedro, José Sóstenes, María Rita, María del Refugio and Pablo, who was the last one. Pablo was raised catholic. The family environment favored his aspirations to priesthood and, when he decided to follow that way, his parents supported him and traveled with him, in 1845, to León, Guanajuato, Mexico.[2]

In 1847 Pablo begun his studies with the Padres Paulinos, until he moved to the diocese of San Luis Potosí, on April, 1856, as substitute teacher. He received the Holy Orders on August 24, 1856 at the parish of Venado, in the State of San Luis Potosí, in México; his first mass was on September 12 in León, Guanajuato, México.

By the end of the month he was pronounced interim priest of Ahualulco de los Pinos, where he remained until December 14, 1856, because on January 1, 1857 he was designated Choir Chaplain of the Cathedral Potosina, with the annexed charges of Master of ceremonies, Mayor sexton, Secretary of Council and Synod of the Clergy of the Diocese, positions he held until March 6, 1865.[3]

Founding of the congregation[edit]

Father De Anda was a tireless apostle, he opened a Casa de Misericordia, for homeless children, patients and elderly; he created Workshops to teach different arts and crafts; founded a Hospital. He built a Sanctuary to Our Lady of Guadalupe and a place for Spiritual Exercises next to the Sanctuary.

He founded the Congregation of Hijas Mínimas de María Inmaculada on March 25, 1886 with only four misses; Mercedes de Señor San José Reyes, who until then was called Soledad; Concepción de Señor San José Barrón, known in the secular world as Refugio Barrón; Guadalupe de Señor San José Reyes, born as Juana; and María de Señor San José Meabe, formerly known as María.

The Bishop Mr. Tomás Barón y Morales, who gave his blessing and license for the foundation of the new institution, granted them authority to have a small chapel to celebrate mass and save the Sacred Deposit.

Sickness and disease[edit]

Three years before his death, Pablo de Anda Padilla became ill and was forced to reduce his activities.

On June 28, 1904, after finishing the Holy Mass, he felt excruciating pain that, according to the symptoms, was the result of bladder stones. At that time, medicine could not do anything, he spent the whole day without any relief. During the night he received the Anointing of the Sick by D. José María Velázquez, accompanied by several priests, especially RR. PP. of the Society of Jesus.

His death was quiet and peaceful, it occurred at four in the morning on June 29, 1904. He was 74 years old and had been priest for 47.[4] His remains are in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in León, Guanajuato, México.

Beatification and canonization process[edit]

He was declared Venerable on 29 June 1999.

Institutions run by the congregation today[edit]

Schools[edit]

Hospitals[edit]

Hospital Pablo de Anda[6] , León, Guanajuato Mexico

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