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Brother Eulogio José turns 100

04/09/2007: Chile

The 25th of August marked 100 years of life for our Brother Eulogio José (Luis Belloso Diez), in Santiago. Because of this special occasion, a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated; Bishop Aldo Cavalli, Papal Nuncio presided. Attending were the majority of brothers of the Sector of Chile, guests of the Marist Family and two nephews of Brother Eulogio who traveled from Spain especially for the celebration.

Brother Eulogio José was born on 25 August 1907 in Berbinzana, Province of Navarra, Spain. He entered the juniorate at Vich in October 1919. He arrived in Chile on April 27,1922 to do his postulancy and novitiate in Las Hornillas. He made his first religious profession on February 11, 1925, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. He was a teacher of English, Spanish, Music, French and Philosophy in several of our Marist schools in Chile. For many years he was Vice-President of the Fide Primaria and in charge of Editorial FTD, in which most of the texts used in our schools were printed.

During his life he received many tributes and medals, the main ones being from the Parliamentary Council of Navarra to the “Volunteers for God and for Spain” (1945) received in the name of several members of his family fallen in the defense of patriotic values in the civil war; the “Escuela de Alta Montaña,” from the Chilean army, (1954), conferred for having composed the text of the school’s hymn and other services; the Order of Merit Bernardo O´Higgins in the Grado de Oficial (1979), during the celebrations of the golden anniversary of the Instituto Alonso de Ercilla and the Cruz del Apóstol Santiago granted by the Archbishop of Santiago in 1997 for his services to the Church of Chile. It is also necessary to note that Brother Eulogio composed the words of the hymn of the Marist Alumni of Chile.

In the past years he has been residing in the retirement house on Sótero Sanz Street, in Santiago, where, until recently, he dedicated himself enthusiastically to writing the Marist history in Chile, rich in detail. In these last months he has had some health problems, normal for his age, for which the brothers as well as the alumni have shown understandable concern that he, who has given his life to the service of the Lord and to hundreds of Marist students who had the luck of receiving his teachings or have known his simplicity and goodness, receive the best attention.

Let us thank the Lord for the gift of having dear Brother Eulogio among us, and let’s pray to our Good Mother that he grant him good health for a long time to come, as is his desire, bringing to us his happiness, wisdom and example of a Marist religious.

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