San Luis de la Paz, Gto. Thursday, February 2, 2012. Next to San Luis Rey Parish is located the Timoteo Rios CECOM (Community Center). For the younger generations, the name is perhaps unknown, because they never heard of this character so popular in the history of San Luis de la Paz. But the people of middle and advanced age remember with great affection, the person who was pastor, educator and benefactor of our municipality.
This afternoon when our mother showed us some of the old photos that she possesses, one captured our attention in particular. It was the one from Father Timoteo Rios. We got interested because his name has been mentioned on several occasions by people that know, including family members. We learned through them that he was pastor in San Luis de la Paz, but we did not know how he was physically and the activities that he carried out. With the picture, we found out how he looked like. And as we are very curious, we started to investigate about his life.
Father Timoteo Rios y Armas was born in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato. He studied at the seminary of Leon, Guanajuato and later in the one of Montesuma, Texas, United States, during the religious persecution by the Mexican government. He arrived to San Luis de la Paz in the 1940s, where he remained for many years, until the 1970s. From here he moved to Leon, to only be a common priest. Subsequently, he moved to the city of Guanajuato, where he served as pastor of our Lady of Guanajuato. Then, he returned to Leon, the place where he died in the 1980s.
In San Luis de la Paz, he left a great legacy. His greatest concern was the education of children and young people. It started when he was in the Montesuma seminary, administrated by the Jesuits. Just like them, the formation of man was his main goal. He supported schools such as San Francisco, Parroquial (located in Matamoros Street) and San Luis Rey (later called Instituto La Paz, and today functions as a community center that bears his name).