Exhibit pieces from the old house of José Gregorio Hernández

The timbers will be exhibited as non-distinguished relics of the Venerable. Photo: Courtesy Santuario de Isnotú

The rector of the Niño Jesús de Isnotú Sanctuary, Father José Magdaleno Álvarez, reported that three pieces of wood that had been found in previous years during the excavations carried out at the site, which became known as the house, were received and reviewed by a group of witnesses. native of Dr. José Gregorio Hernández Cisneros, and that today is the place where the future Blessed Trujillo is venerated.

Álvarez stated that several residents of Isnotú made the timber that had been in their custody available to the Shrine for years, which will be exhibited as non-distinguished relics of the Venerable.

“Immediately, testimonies were sought from people who could attest to this finding and after an individual review, a meeting was held of several children of the town who had worked during the remodeling of the courtyard and plaza of the Sanctuary or had previously seen the wood; on this occasion it was seven people who verified that it was indeed the logs found at that time ”, he explained.

The priest pointed out that these three tree forks known as vera or bulnesia arborea served as the base for one of the two houses of the Hernández Cisneros' residence, which have a height of 1,40 meters; two meters and 1,94 meters.

"These pieces are in fair condition, two of them with perforation inside, but with the entire bark despite its age, being buried and then exposed to the elements for eight years from its extraction to date," he said. 

As witnesses to this done by the church were Monsignor Jorge Luis Villasmil Torres, son of Isnotú and who lived during his childhood in the birthplace of Dr. Hernández, and the priest José Magdaleno Álvarez Briceño, rector of the Sanctuary and parish priest of Isnotú. Both signed the certificate of receipt of the testimonies.

Father Magdaleno Álvarez assured that: “this batch of logs becomes part of the heritage of the Sanctuary and will be exposed to visitors as relics related to the new blessed. With the support and accompaniment of a good group of Isnotú children, we hope to continue adding elements that can be found in the town and we are also compiling local history, written or oral, to further enrich the beautiful historical heritage of Isnotú ”.

Finally, the priest indicated that this reception is part of the programming that the Diocese of Trujillo is carrying out within the framework of the beatification of the Doctor of the Poor, José Gregorio Hernández.



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