The Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Illinois was one of the 103 passengers who miraculously survived Tuesday’s Aeromexico plane crash in Durango, Mexico. In a press release issued Tuesday evening, the Archdiocese of Chicago confirmed Sanchez was one of the crash survivors and stated: “He sustained some injuries but we are grateful to learn he is alert and resting.” A local Chicago news source reported that Sanchez sustained a broken arm in the crash. The Archdiocese of Chicago asked for prayers for the priest and those affected, including approximately ten people from St. Mary Parish in Riverside, Illinois, who were also on the flight.
Sanchez was born in Chicago to immigrant parents from Durango, Mexico. After completion of his studies for the priesthood at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, he was ordained in 1995. Father Sanchez served as pastor of St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Chicago before being appointed Rector of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in 2016.
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