December 9 - Saint Juan Diego

Quick Facts
  • Born an impoverished free man in a strongly class-conscious society.
  • Farm worker, field labourer, and mat maker.
  • Married layman with no children.
  • A mystical and religious man even as a pagan, he became an adult convert to Christianity around age 50, taking the name Juan Diego.
  • Widower in 1529.
  • Visionary to whom the Virgin Mary appeared at Guadalupe on 9 December 1531, leaving him the image known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  • On 20 December 2001 a second miracle attributed to Juan Diego's intervention was decreed by the Congregation and approved by Pope John Paul II.