As a young boy, he witnessed the destruction of his people's way of life, following the 'Conquest of the Desert' which brought tremendous suffering and desperate poverty, and from an early age, he sought a way to help them. Ceferino embraced the Catholic faith and the charism of Don Bosco, seeing a Salesian education as the path to a better life for all of his his people. He wished to become a Salsian priest to return to his own land and share the benefits he had received.
Fr Pascual Chavez SDB, who was Rector Major at the time of Ceferino's beatification, described him as 'a fruit of salesian youth spirituality', and he is seen as an example of how a distinctive culture can be integrated with faith to create harmony in times when there are so many tensions and conflicts between cultures.
Ceferino died of tuberculosis in Rome at the age of 19. He was beatified in 2007.
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