Born in La Paz, Bolivia, on September 20th, 1936, he made his profession in the Discalced Carmel and received the name Gonzalo de Jesús María on February 10th, 1957. He was ordained to the priesthood on October 21st, 1963, and on January 7th, 1985, he was consecrated bishop. From 2000, he held the office of Military Bishop of Bolivia. He was currently the Military Bishop Emeritus and resided in a community of Discalced Carmelites – Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish – in La Paz. He had been ill for several months, and on January 14th slipped into a coma and died a few hours later.
Bishop Gonzalo was outstanding for his closeness to the armed forces, migrants, and refugees. His death caused great lament in the Bolivian see as well as among civil and military authorities that have expressed their condolences to the Bolivian Carmel.
His funeral was celebrated on January 16th, Cardinal Toribio P. Ticona presiding, and numerous bishops concelebrated. The Provincial of Iberia, Father Miguel Márquez, OCD, sent a message of condolence, and the Regional Vicar, Father Carlos Medina, OCD, offered a recollection of the human and spiritual figure of Bishop Gonzalo. May he rest in peace.
A video of the funeral ceremony: