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Boston archdiocese opens canonization cause for Spanish-born priest

Catholic World News - June 08, 2011

The Archdiocese of Boston has opened the canonization cause of Father Joseph Muzquiz (1912-83), a Spanish-born priest of Opus Dei who ministered in Chicago, Washington, and Boston. A civil engineer before his call to the priesthood, Muzquiz was ordained in 1944 as one of the first three priests of Opus Dei.

“Christ’s Church is enriched by the saints as they are the living reflection of the face of Christ and a true mark of the pilgrim Church on earth,” said Father Bryan Parrish, the archdiocese’s assistant vicar for administration. “Therefore it is with great satisfaction that the Archdiocese of Boston now initiates the investigation, the cause of canonization of the Servant of God Joseph Muzquiz.”

“He was a very cheerful person, an extraordinarily dedicated person who clearly grasped God was calling him to do something,” said John Coverdale, author of a biography of Muzquiz.

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