Francisco Javier Hernáez

Francisco Javier Hernáez

Francisco Javier Hernáez

He was born on December 3, 1816 in Spain. Before entering the Society of Jesus, he had already studied theology in Belgium. He was sent in 1850 to the mission of Nueva Granada in Colombia. On June 3, 1850, three days after arriving in Popayan, he was expelled along with his Jesuit companions from the country. He remained for the next three years in Guayaquil, until he was once again expelled, this time at the hands of the Ecuadorian Republic. He left for Guatemala, where he was superior between 1857 and 1861. In 1862, the president of Ecuador, Gabriel Garcia Moreno, invited the Society of Jesus to return to the country. In this context, Hernaez became the great promoter of the restoration, prompting the apostolic work of the Society of Jesus in that nation and supporting the government with education guidelines. In 1871, Hernaez was assigned to Peru to reestablish the Society of Jesus after over a hundred-year absence. He became the first superior of the Peruvian mission, annexed to the Ecuadorian mission. He died on July 11, 1876 in France.