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Saint Cristóbal Magallanes Jara - May 21

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 …More