Canonization proceedings have now begun for Adelrich Benziger, OCD and Bishop of Quilon India (1901-1931).
Adelrich Benziger was born on 31 January 1864 at Einsiedeln in Switzerland.
While studying in Belgium, he came into close contact with the Discalced Carmelites and joined the Carmelite Order of Flanders in 1884. He was ordained a priest in 1888. With a strong missionary desire, he set out for India in 1890. Once there, he governed the Quilon diocese for 31 years, five years as the auxiliary bishop and 26 years as bishop.
Benziger was instrumental in affecting many conversions and religious vocations. He helped rebuild seminaries, and encouraged devotion to the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Virgin Mary and various saints. He was considered as a saint even while alive by many, due to his simple lifestyle, hard work, prayer and penance.
And, as a matter-of-fact, our member Rosemarie Ludwig is actually the grand niece of this Bishop Benziger!
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