Servant of God Bro. Bonifacio Bonillo
The Cause for the Beatification and Canonisation has Begun
Sunday 18 December 2022, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, is a day that will go down in history. In the chapel of the St John of God Hospital in Cordova, the Cause for the beatification and canonisation of our confrère Brother Boniface Bonillo was opened. The Bishop of Cordova, Mgr Demetrio Fernández Gonzales, installed the members of the Tribunal who will have the task of questioning the witnesses on the life, virtues, fame of holiness and signs of the Servant of God Brother Boniface. At the end of the prayer of 2nd Vespers, the first session of the Cause was opened with the official opening of the diocesan Process, the Postulator General Brother Dario Vermi presented the Bishop with his credentials, the Supplex Libellus and the list of witnesses. The Bishop, after verifying the authenticity of the documents for the validity of the opening of the Cause, invited all the members of the Tribunal: Fr Carlos Morale Fernández, Episcopal Delegate; Fr Juan Laguna Navarro, Promoter of Justice; Fr Varona Villar, Notary Public; the Postulator-General and the Vice Postulator, Brother José Ramón Pérez Acosta, to take the oath and to perform the office entrusted to them with uprightness and fidelity. During the ceremony, the Bishop recalled the person of the Servant of God, who was known by all in Cordova not only for his goodness and love for the poor, sick and most needy, but because he was able to generate a movement of charity that still lives on today in the city. He recalled that, with this first legal step, Brother Boniface has been "expropriated" from the Hospitaller Order to be handed over to the whole Church. Present at the event were the Provincial Superior of Spain, Brother Amador Fernández Fernández, some members of the Provincial Council, Brothers from neighbouring communities and a large group representing the people of Cordova. The beginning of this Cause is an important first step which sets out on a demanding path of study and research, so that the Church may recognise the heroic virtues of Brother Boniface and one day present him as a model of Christian life and consecrated life for the whole Church and for our Hospitaller Family.