St. Francis church in the snow in February

St. Cristóbal Magallanes

May 2018

May Saint's Corner: St. Cristobal MagallanesSaint Cristóbal Magallanes (1869-1927)

St. Cristóbal Magallanes was born in Totatiche, Mexico. He worked as a shepherd when he was a child on his family’s farm. At 19 Cristóbal entered the seminary and after-wards served as a parish priest in the village he grew up in. As the parish priest Cristóbal devoted his life to supporting his community through founding schools, catechism centers, and a local newspaper. He also did important work with the indigenous population to form agrarian cooperatives and to build the La Candelaria dam to support local businesses.

Around the time Cristóbal started serving as a priest there was anti-Catholic sentiment in the Mexican government. The government start-ed closing seminaries and suppressing the practice of the faith. Cristóbal opened his own seminary in response so that the faith could continue to be shared. The government officials accused him of inciting rebellion, despite his devotion to non-violence. On his way to celebrate Mass he was arrested and a few days later, without a trial, he was executed. His feast day is May 21.

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