May 25 - Saint José Maria Robles Hurtado

Quick Facts
  • Born to a fervently Catholic family, the son of Antonio Robles and Petronila Hurtado.
  • Entered the seminary of Guadalajara at age 12.Ordained on 22 March 1913 at age 25 at Guadalajara.
  • Consecrated to the Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, and in 1918 founded the Congregation of Victims of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus at Nochistlan, Zacatecas.
  • The congregation was dedicated to pastoral health and education, assisting orphanages, and conducting missions.
  • Today it is known as the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  • Parish priest in Tocolotlan in 1920.
  • During the persecutions of the Mexican Revolution, priests were outlawed; parishioners urged to run, but he could not abandon his people.
  • He was arrested on 25 June 1927 for presiding at Mass in private homes; he was at a make-shift altar when soldiers broke in to grab him.
  • Hanged from an oak tree the next day, after having blessed and forgiven his captors; he kissed and blessed the rope, and put around his own neck so no executioners would not be guilty of the murder.
  • One of the Martyrs of the Cristera War.