San Pedro Maldonado

St. Pedro de Jesus Maldonado

1892 - 1937

Pedro de Jesús Maldonado Lucero was born in Sacramento, Chihuahua, on June 8, 1892. When he was 17 years old, he followed God’s call to him to become a priest and entered the seminary in Chihuahua. The poor conditions of the seminary at the time aggravated his fragile health. In 1918, he was sent to El Paso, Texas, to receive the sacrament of holy orders because the bishop of Chihuahua was himself ill. El Paso Bishop Jesús Schuler, a Jesuit, ordained Father Maldonado Lucero on Jan. 25, 1918, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick. Father Maldonado celebrated his first Mass at Sagrada Familia Parish in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, on Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

On Jan. 1, 1924, Father Maldonado Lucero was appointed pastor of Santa Isabel Parish, where he served until his death in 1937. The priest ignited enthusiasm for the faith in his parishioners. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament increased during his time at Santa Isabel. He also encouraged love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On February 10,1937, Ash Wednesday, he was arrested after vesting a dying woman and celebrating Mass in the town of Boquilla.  His captors beat him mercilessly causing him brain damage and wounds all over his body.  He dies on Thursday February 11.

Souce: Columbia Magazine, April 2006

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