Ceferino was born on August 26, 1886 in Chimpay, Patagonia. He was the sixth of ten children of Manuel Namuncurá, Chief of the Araucana tribe of Pampa, and Rosario Burgos.
Don Domenico Milanese, one of the first Salesian Missionaries in Argentina, baptized him in November 888 with the name Ceferino. Don Domenico Milanese, one of the first Salesian Missionaries in Argentina, baptized him in November 1888 with the name Ceferino.
His mother, a citizen of Chile, was one of the wives of the chief.
On May 5, 1884 chief Namuncurá was forced to surrender to the Argentinean Army of General Roca and settle in the territory of Chimpay, with the title of honorary Colonel.
Wanting his son to be the future Chief and defender of the Araucanians of the East, chief Namuncurá decided to send Ceferino for higher education. In 1897, he sent Ceferino to The Tiger, a government school in Buenos Aires.
But Ceferino didnt like the government school so his father sent him to a Salesian School – Pius IX in Buenos Aires.
There he met Monsignor Juan Cagliero, the Apostolic Vicar to Patagonia, and in 1904, he took Ceferino to Italy - Turín and Rome.
Two events were very important in the spiritual journey of Ceferino: the reading of the life of Dominic Savio and his first communion, during which he vowed absolute fidelity to his great friend Jesus.
Ceferino was full of Christian and spiritual vigor in small things. This means that simple holiness is possible. We should not forget our daily duties. In performing them we are called to holiness.
In Rome he had the privilege to be received in a private audience by Pope Pius X to whom he spoke and offered a gift of a fur Blanket( Quillango ) made from animal skin by his people.
The Pope was pleased by what Ceferino said and gave him a medal ad principes (of the princes) as a gift.
In spite of the good climate of the Salesian House of Frascati, where he resumed studies, Ceferinos health became worse. He was taken to the Fatebenefratelli hospital in Tiberia Island (Rome), where on May 11, 1905 he died.
He was buried at the Cemetery of Verano in Rome where he remained until 1924 when his body was carried back to Fortín Mercedes, Patagonia.
With his beatification, Ceferino has joined a group of pious youth like Laura Vicuna who lived in the spirit of St. John Bosco. They serve as a model of holiness for young people in Latin American and the entire world.