St Sabas Reyes Salazar – Feast Day – May 21

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St Sabas Reyes Salazar was a Catholic Priest born on December 5 1883 in Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico. He was shot and died as a martyr on April 13 1927 in a cemetery outside Tototlan, Jalisco, 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 St. Sabas Reyes Salazar – Feast Day

St Sabas Reyes Salazar Biography

Date of Birth December 5 1883
Country/Place of Birth Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Priests
Profession Priest
Place of Work Mexico
Date of Death April 13 1927
Place of Death Cemetery outside Tototlan, Jalisco, Mexico
Feast Day May 21
Beatification Beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 22 1992
Canonization Canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 21 2000 during the Jubilee of Mexico
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Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar
Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar

Saint’s Biography

Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar was born on December 5, 1883, in Cocula, in the Archdiocese of Guadalajara Mexico. Sabas Reyes received his early education and attended the seminar in Guadalajara.

Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar was ordained as a priest in 1911. He served as a priest in several parishes in Guadalajara. When the persecutions began, he was sent as a priest to the village of Tototlán in the San Juan de Los Lagos diocese in Jalisco.

In January 1927 soldiers took over the parish church and turned it into a stable for the horses after destroying the images and lit a fire in the church.

Arrest and Death

On April 11, Sabas Reyes had just performed a baptism in a private home when federal soldiers broke in to arrest him. They tortured him to learn the hiding places of other priests. His hands and feet were burned. Sabas Reyes Salazar was shot at 9 pm on 13 April 1927 in a cemetery outside Tototlan, Jalisco, Mexico. 

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