St Mateo Correa-Magallanes – Feast Day – May 21

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St Mateo Correa-Magallanes was a Catholic Priest born on July 23 1866 at Tepechitlán, Zacatecas, Mexico. He was shot and died as a martyr on February 6 1927 on the outskirts of Durango City, Durango, Mexico during the Cristeros rebellion in Mexico. He is one of the martyrs of the Cristero War. We celebrate his feast day on May 21 every year in the Catholic Church.

The Memorial of Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes – Feast Day

Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes Biography

Date of Birth

July 23 1866

Country/Place of Birth

Tepechitlán, Zacatecas, Mexico

Matrimony/Holy Orders

Saints who were Priests


Missionary work

Place of Work


Date of Death

February 6 1927

Place of Death

Durango City, Durango, Mexico

Feast Day

May 21


Beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 22 1992


Canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 21 2000

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St Mateo Correa-Magallanes Biography

St Mateo Correa-Magallanes attended seminary at Zacatecas, Mexico on scholarship on January 12, 1881. He was later ordained on August 20, 1893, and became a parish priest assigned to Conception de Oro in Mexico between 1898 AD and 1905AD.

He was a close friend of the Pro-Juarez family and baptized Humberto Pro. Mateo Correa-Magallanes also gave Blessed Miguel pro his first Communion. In 1908, he was reassigned to Colotlan, Mexico where he served up to 1910. He later went to hiding in 1910 during the government’s repression of the church.

He was arrested while on the way to a sick call. When he saw the soldiers, he swallowed the host to prevent desecration where he was accused of Army rebellion and jailed in Zacatecas and then in Durango, Mexico. He heard confessions from prisoners while in jail. Mateo Correa-Magallanes was martyred for being a priest.

St. Mateo Correa-Magallanes
St. Mateo Correa-Magallanes

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