Juan Sinforiano Bogarín

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Juan Sinforiano Bogarín
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BornJuan Sinforiano Bogarín
August 21, 1863
Mbuyapey, Paraguay
Died25 February 1949(1949-02-25) (aged 85)
Known forTheology

Juan Sinforiano Bogarín (August 21, 1863 - February 25, 1949) was an eminent Paraguayan clergyman, the first Roman Catholic archbishop of Paraguay.

His life[edit]

Bogarín was born in Mbuyapey, a town in the Paraguarí Department, to Juan José Bogarin and Mónica de la Cruz González. Having become orphans after the War of the Triple Alliance, Juan Sinforiano and his three siblings were raised by their maternal aunt, María Pabla González.

He spent his childhood in Arecaya, Limpio. In 1880, at the age of 16, he entered the Counselor Seminary of Asunción, and graduated six years later. He was ordained as a priest on February 24, 1886 in the Cathedral[which?] by Bishop Juan Antonio Aponte. He worked there until 1887, when he was chosen as bishop by then-Pope Leo XIII on September 21, 1894, after the death of Bishop Aponte in 1891. He was consecrated by the Main Bishop of Trípoli, Luis Lasagna, on February 3, 1895 (February 3 is the Feast of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Paraguay).

Bogarín held several positions in the Paraguayan Church, including that of rector churchman of the Cathedral and that of general secretary of the Ecclesiastic Curia.

Juan Sinforiano Bogarín in his youth

Priestly career[edit]

Bogarin promoted the organization of lay apostolates such as Catholic Action, the Catholic Ladies' League, and the Catholic Youth Federation, in an effort to restore order and social respect in Paraguay.

He struggled against liberal organizations that proposed civil marriage, divorce and lay education. He also campaigned against Freemasonry, anarchism, and partisan fanaticism.

The history of Paraguay contained a long and tumultuous record of revolutions and coup d'états. He responded to each upheaval he witnessed through his Pastoral Letters, demanding peace between families, demanding cessation of all tortures and hostilities, and exhorting people to take care of the spiritual needs of their brethren.

The "traveler bishop" toured almost fifty thousand kilometers of Paraguay, encouraging people in the countryside to socially organize to defend their lands and their rights, without forgetting his teachings about how to get closer to Christ.

The Bishop Hermenegildo Roa was his secretary and general vicar of the dioceses.

In 1929, the Ecclesiastic Province of the Paraguay was formed from the Archdioceses of Asunción, the dioceses of Villa Rica del Espíritu Santo and the dioceses of Concepción.

On August 15, 1930, he received the archiepiscopal pallium and a time later, after three decades of waiting, obtained the separation of the Archdioceses of Buenos Aires.

After a life fully dedicated to his evangelist labors, the archbishop died at the age of 85 in 1949.


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