Mexican Martyrs

Mexican Priest Martyr Relics

Martyrs Pilgrimage through Archdiocese of Dubuque

Martyrs Pilgrimage through Diocese of Sioux City

Martyrs Pilgrimage through Diocese of Des Moines

Martyrs Pilgrimage through Diocese of Davenport

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

The six priests were members of local Knights of Columbus councils in Mexico, and they are (left to right starting at the top:)

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.

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Reliquias Santos Martires (pdf)

Presentacion de las Reliquias de los Santos Martires (pdf)


Relics Saints Martyrs (pdf)

Presentation of the Relics of the Saint Martyrs (pdf)

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