Mexican Priest Martyr Relics
During his installation as Supreme Knight on Feb. 3, 2001, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Carl Anderson received a silver reliquary in the shape of a cross containing relics of the six Knights of Columbus priest martyrs of Mexico. It was at this installation that the Supreme Knight solemnly dedicated his administration and the entire Order to the maternal intercession and protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
In September 2005, to mark the centennial of the founding of the Order in Mexico, the Order’s Board of Directors began in Mexico City a pilgrimage of the reliquary. The reliquary traveled throughout Mexico and continued to the United States. The first pilgrimage concluded in Orlando, Florida during the 124th Supreme Convention, but has continued in several locations in the United States and Mexico
In November 2013, the reliquary will visit the 4 dioceses of Iowa. The relic pilgrimage seeks to make known in the United States the testimony of these Knights of Columbus priest martyrs and all those who sacrificed their lives for their faith during the time of religious persecution in Mexico
Click on their names to read more about their lives
St. Miguel de la Mora de la Mora: Council 2140 Zacatecas
St. Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero: Council 2149 Chihuahua
St. Jose Ma. Robles Hurtado: Council 1979 Guadalajara
St. Rodrigo Aguilar Aleman: Council 2330 Cd. Guzman
St. Luis Batiz Sainz: Council 2367 Durango
St. Mateo Correa Magallanes: Council 2140 Zacatecas
They were canonized with 19 others martyrs of the Cristero War on May 21, 2000 by Blessed John Paul II. None of them took arms against the government during the religious persecution.