Fr. Eleazar Jaime Martínez OFMCap

Fr. Eleazar Jaime Martínez OFMCap

He was born on March 25, 1979, in the community of La Granja, municipality of Huanímaro, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. He is the fifth of the 11 children of the couple formed by Mr. Crispín Jaime and Mrs. Juvelina Martínez.

He was baptized with the name of José Eleazar on March 15, 1980, in the parish of San Juan Bautista, Huanímaro; received the sacrament of confirmation in the same place on the patronal feast day of 1983.

He studied primary and secondary school in his community, and at the end of them, looking for opportunities for personal and professional development, he joined the Mexican army where he remained for nine years. There he attended high school to continue his education until graduating in 1997 as a second lieutenant in administration at the University of the Army and Air Force.

As a soldier, he participated mainly in social assistance work in the southeast of Mexico, performing tasks related to his specialization. Once he was able to leave the army, he worked in the private initiative in different administrative positions.

Inwardly restless, he approached the Capuchin brothers to begin a process of vocational accompaniment that allowed him to glimpse his call to enter, on September 11, 2005, the postulancy that that year was transferred to La Piedad, Michoacán. After this stage of formation, he asked to be accepted into the novitiate, which began on August 2, 2007, in the city of Puebla. He consecrated himself to God with the bond of religious vows on July 17, 2008. (He and his three companions were the last brothers who professed for the then Vice-Province of Mexico before the unification with the Vice-Province of Texas).

As a temporary professed member, he joined the fraternity of Mexico City where he studied philosophical studies at the Intercontinental University, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in 2010 after presenting his final work on Saint Bonaventure. That same year he began studies in theology at the Institute for Intercongregational Theological Formation of Mexico, graduating in 2015. In the summer of 2011, he interrupted his academic studies for a year to participate in the different formative experiences (social work, mission, and prayer). proposals in preparation for the perpetual profession that he made in the parish of the Immaculate Conception and San Pio, Mexico City, on October 12, 2013.

In 2015, coinciding with the end of his studies with the beginning of a new triennium, he was assigned to the postulancy fraternity, in Piedad, Mich., as its vicar and bursar. There he collaborated closely in formation and vocational ministry, of whose commission he was a part.

Along with two other brothers, he received diaconal ordination in Puebla, Pue. on August 1, 2015, and after five months the presbyteral in Chalcatongo, Oax. on January 2, 2016. Not long after, he is diagnosed with cancer in the lymphatic system that will be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, with results that were initially positive.

In the organization of the new families after the Custody chapter of 2018, he assumed the service of guardian and master of postulants. Two years later cancer appears again and the respective treatment begins again. Despite his willingness to continue with the work entrusted to him, he sees fit to temporarily leave his obligations to better attend to his health, being assigned in December 2021 to the fraternity of Zapopan, Jal.

Even though the second treatment against cancer was not entirely successful, he began a stage of acceptable recovery that allowed him to continue with his rhythm of life, now named bursar of his fraternity. He was closely supporting the Capuchin sisters from different monasteries with spiritual exercises and other services, even being postulated as an assistant to one of the three federations in Mexico, a position he no longer assumed.

The brother was affected by the fourth wave of covid-19 in Mexico because even though he was able to overcome the disease, his lungs were seriously damaged; To this was added the wear and tear on his body due to the permanent treatment against cancer, so that he was admitted to the hospital on January 29, 2022, where his health rapidly deteriorated for different reasons until on January 7 February fell asleep in the Lord at 42 years of life, 13 as a religious and 6 as a priest.