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Saint Cristóbal Magallanes Jara - May 21

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breski1 Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara (1869 - 1927) Cristóbal Magallanes was born in 1869 in the Archdiocese of Guadalajara. His parents, Rafael Magallanes and …More
breski1 Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara (1869 - 1927)
Cristóbal Magallanes was born in 1869 in the Archdiocese of Guadalajara. His parents, Rafael Magallanes and Clara Jara, were poor farmers and devout Catholics. Growing up on a farm, young Cristóbal worked as a shepherd but felt truly called to look after human sheep. At the age of 19 he entered the seminary and was ordained a priest when he was 30.
He taught school in Guadalajara for a time until returning to his home village of Totatiche, to minister as a parish priest for nearly two decades. There he also opened a carpentry business to provide jobs for local men and helped to plan and construct a dam to aid the people of the area. But Father Magallanes was most interested in bringing the Catholic faith to those who had not heard the Good News of Jesus, in this case the Huichol people in the region.
During this time in Mexico’s history, the government feared the power of the Catholic Church, and it tried to eliminate the practice of the faith. A constitution even banned the training of priests, and the seminary where young Cristóbal had studied was closed and turned into a museum. So in 1915 Father Magallanes opened his own small seminary in Totatiche and soon had more than a dozen students.
The government did not look kindly on this kind of behavior and accused the priest of trying to incite rebellion, even though he preached against violence of any kind. He was on his way to celebrate Mass when he was arrested. Without a trial, he was convicted. He gave away his few possessions to his jailers, and on May 21, 1927, he and 21 other priests and three lay Catholics were executed. His last words to his executioners were, “I die innocent, and ask God that my blood may serve to unite my Mexican brethren.”
He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 21, 2000.
Memorial
25 May
21 May as one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution
Memorial
21 May
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The 1917 Mexican constitution was pointedly anti-clerical and anti-Church, and its adoption instituted years of violent religious persecution including expulsion of foreign priests, closing of parochial schools, and the murders of several priests and lay leaders who work to minister to the faithful and support religious freedom. 25 of them who died at different times and places but all as a result of this persecution were celebrated together. They each have separate memorials, but are also remembered as a group.
Saint Agustin Caloca Cortes
Saint Atilano Cruz-Alvarado
Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara
Saint David Galván-Bermúdez
Saint David Roldán-Lara
Saint David Uribe-Velasco
Saint Jenaro Sánchez DelGadillo
Saint Jesús Méndez-Montoya
Saint Jose Isabel Flores Varela
Saint José María Robles Hurtado
Saint Julio Álvarez Mendoza
Saint Justino Orona-Madrigal
Saint Luis Batiz Sainz
Saint Manuel Moralez
Saint Margarito Flores-García
Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes
Saint Miguel de la Mora
Saint Pedro de Jesús Maldonado-Lucero
Saint Pedro Esqueda Ramírez
Saint Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán
Saint Roman Adame Rosales
Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar
Saint Salvador Lara Puente
Saint Toribio Romo González
Saint Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles
Venerated
7 March 1992 by Pope John Paul II (decree of martyrdom)
Beatified
22 November 1992 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized
21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II