Bishop Turley, Chicago native, receives award from Peruvian bishops

By Catholic News Service
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

LIMA, Peru  — In the mountainous Diocese of Chulucanas, on the border with Ecuador, accompanying people in hard times can be dangerous. But Chicago-born Bishop Daniel Turley has been doing that for nearly five decades, since his arrival as an Augustinian priest shortly after his ordination.

Missionaries are called “to walk along with the people with the Lord, in all their struggles, in all their happiness,” said the tall, lanky, soft-spoken bishop.

Bishop Turley received the St. Toribio de Mogrovejo Medal Jan. 17 from the Peruvian bishops’ conference. The award, named for the 16th-century Spanish missionary who was the second archbishop of Lima, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bishop Turley’s ordination to the priesthood.

Bishop Turley, who arrived in Peru shortly after his ordination in 1969, told Catholic News Service that the past five decades have been a time of constant learning. The first lesson came immediately upon arrival.

“You were taught in the seminary that you’ve got to be a missionary to bring Christ to the people,” Bishop Turley said. “Then you get here, and you find that Christ’s already here, he’s already with the people. You learn the beauty of the people. That’s the most important thing of all.”


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