A priest in a poor area of Argentina without canonists

Sponsored by CARF-May 12, 2021-Reading time: < 1 minutes

D. Blas Bautista Avila is Argentinean, from the province of Chaco. He was ordained a priest on September 11, 2009. His diocese, San Roqueis one of the poorest in Argentina and lacks canonists. This was the reason why his bishop sent him to study at the University of Navarra thanks to a scholarship from the CARF Foundation. He is studying 2nd year of Canon Law.

 "I want to put everything I have learned at the service of souls, the diocese and my brother priests," he thanked his benefactors.

Residing at Colegio Mayor Echalar with 45 priests of more than 10 different nationalities. "My bishop always told me that studying here would open my mind. And he was right: you can see the universality of the Church."

He is the seventh of eight siblings. After graduating from high school, he wanted to start law school. But while doing missionary work with natives, he discovered what God wanted from him. At the change of plans, his parents were upset. "My father distanced himself from me for two years, it was very hard, but now, he is hitting his stride. God knows how and when he calls you."

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