Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez Postulator of the Cause of the Canonization of Saint Juan Diego
Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez holds a doctorate in Church history and served as postulator for the cause for the canonization of Juan Diego.
He is co–founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies, and is a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe.
Msgr. Chávez was born in Mexico City on Dec. 31, 1956. He entered Mexico’s Conciliar Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology in the Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies (Instituto Superior de Estudios Eclesiásticos). He was ordained on Aug. 15, 1981, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. He holds a diploma in philosophy from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, a doctorate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University, with the thesis: La Iglesia en México hacia el Concilio Plenario Latinoamericano (1896–1899) (The Church in Mexico during the Latin American Plenary Council).
On May 17, 2001, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico, appointed him postulator for the cause of Juan Diego. St. Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002. Msgr. Chávez was also general secretary for the visit of Pope John Paul II in Mexico.
Through his work as postulator and beyond, Msgr. Chávez has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, addressing major academic institutions internationally and publishing more than 28 books and articles.
Msgr. Chávez was named canon of the National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2005. He was named the first rector of the Catholic University Lumen Gentium of the Archdiocese of Mexico, where he has served since 2002, and in 2003 he became a founding member and rector of the Institute of Guadalupan Studies.