Thursday, February 20, 2020

Saint of the Day – May 21 – Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara and Companions, Martyrs

The Memorial of Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara and Companions

Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara and Companions Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersPriests who became Saints

Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara and Companions brief life History

Date of Birth 30 July 1869
Country of Birth Mexico in South America
Profession Priest and Confessor
Place of Work Mexico
Date of Death 25 May 1927
Place of Death Colotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
Feast Day May 21
Beatification By Pope John Paul II on 22 November 1992
Canonization By Pope John Paul II on 21 May 2000 during the Jubilee of Mexico
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Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara and Companions Short life History

Cristobal Magallanes Jara was born to a farm family, and worked as a shepherd in his youth. He entered the seminary at 19, and served as parish priest at Totatiche, Mexico. Helped found schools, a newspaper, catechism centers for children and adults, carpentry shops, and an electric plant to power the mills. Worked with the indigenous people to form agrarian cooperatives with the town’s people. Noted for his devotion to Our Lady.

When the anti–Church government closed all seminaries, Father Cristobal gathered displaced seminarians, and started his own seminary; it was quickly suppressed. He formed another, and another, and when they were all closed, the seminarians conducted classes in private homes.

He wrote and preached against armed rebellion, but was falsley accused of promoting the Cristero guerilla revolt. Arrested on 21 May 1927 while en route to celebrate Mass at a farm. In prison he gave away his few remaining possessions to his executioners, gave them absolution, and without a trial, he was martyred with Saint Agustin Caloca.

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. The martyrs of the Mexican Revolution are

• 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

Today’s Catholic Quote:

I am innocent and I die innocent. I forgive with all my heart those responsible for my death, and I ask God that the shedding of my blood serves toward the peace of our divided Mexico. – Saint Cristobal just before his executioners fired

Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara
Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara