International Expert to Speak at 2015 Diocesan Marian Conference


Msgr. Eduardo Chávez will be the featured speaker at the 2015 Diocese of Tyler Marian Conference on Oct. 9-10 at St. Peter Claver Church in Tyler.

Msgr. Chávez, who is co-founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies and is a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, holds a doctorate in Church history and served as postulator for the cause for the canonization of  St. Juan Diego.

The conference will begin on Friday evening with Msgr. Chávez’s presentation in English from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Spanish portion of the conference will be held on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

The theme of this year’s conference is, “All about blessed Mary of Guadalupe.” The conference is free to attend, but donations are accepted.

Questions can be directed to Deacon Rubén Natera at or (903) 530-2164, Rev. Raymundo García at (936) 404-8182, or the Misioneras Guadalupanas de Santa Ana at (903) 931-1836.

On May 17, 2001, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico, appointed Msgr. Chávez  as postulator for the cause of Juan Diego. St. Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002. Msgr. Chávez was also general secretary for the visit of Pope John Paul II in Mexico.

Through his work as postulator and beyond, Msgr. Chávez has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, addressing major academic institutions internationally and publishing more than 28 books and articles.

Msgr. Chávez was named canon of the National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2005. He was named the first rector of the Catholic University Lumen Gentium of the Archdiocese of Mexico, where he has served since 2002, and in 2003 he became a founding member and rector of the Institute of Guadalupan Studies.

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