Rest in Peace, Mi Hermano, Miguel Arias

I’m saddened to learn of the death of a good friend and one of the best catechists I have ever met, Miguel Arias. Miguel lost his battle with cancer last evening and leaves behind his beautiful wife Alma and their beautiful daughter Bethsaida.

I had the privilege of working with Miguel at Loyola Press over these past 7 years or so before he recently returned to Liturgy Training Publications where he began his career. Miguel and I traveled together often, as he regularly did the Spanish version of whatever talk I was giving. We were often accompanied by our friend Luis Ramirez and the three of us dubbed ourselves the “three amigos!” Often, after a long day’s work on the road, the 3 of us would find a little restaurant (usually owned by a relative of Miguel! He seemed to have relatives in every city!) and enjoy a cerveza fria!.

We often laughed at the fact that, after we would both do a workshop on The Catechist’s Toolbox (he in Spanish and me in English), folks would come up afterwards to us to ask us to sign copies of the book. Miguel would tell folks, “But I’m not the author, Joe is!” But it didn’t matter…folks wanted his autograph!

I was also privileged to have Miguel translate several of my books into Spanish and I am forever thankful for that and for the enthusiasm he had for teaching the topics of my books in his own unique style. Although I do not speak Spanish, I have sat in on some of Miguel’s presentations, and I always was impressed with his vigor, enthusiasm, and connection with his audience…he usually had them rolling in the aisles with his self-deprecating humor.

All of us at Loyola Press will miss you greatly, Miguel. Gracias, mi hermano, for touching our lives and blessing us with the gift of your life.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

7 Comments on Rest in Peace, Mi Hermano, Miguel Arias

  1. I echo all the beautiful words from Joe. My job at Loyola Press was to help Miguel become a better sales person. In reality, Miguel helped me become a better man. He was the most gracious person I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Although he will be greatly missed, he left everyone he touched with incredible memories that will last forever. Rest in peace mi hermano.

  2. Thank you, Joe. Having also traveled and presented with Miguel it’s clear to me that you captured so well the enthusiasm and generosity of heart that Miguel brought to everything and everyone. I used to wonder what “zeal” meant but Miguel has been the very embodiment of that great virtue. He’s been an inspiring example to many of what it means to be a person of self-giving love.


  3. Miguel was a gracious and lovely man, and he faced his illness with grace and dignity. We all hoped that somehow he would have more time.

  4. What a beautiful tribute to your friend! I will pray for him (not because I think he needs it, but because we are instructed to pray for the dead) and I will pray for all who grieve his loss.

  5. May the Lord have mercy on his soul. My condolences go out to his family. May God bless them and give them strength during these hard times.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a dear friend and colleague. It sounds like his “mustard seed” has blossomed in many lives. May the comfort of knowing he is with our Lord offer you some comfort during this difficult time. Debi, Anchorage

  7. Joe,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your colleague’s work will live on in everyone he has touched.
    Charlene Greenwich, CT

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