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St. Mateo Correa Magallanes
Transcript of St. Mateo Correa Magallanes
"But you don't know, general, that a priest must
guard the secret of the confession? I am ready to die.
-Mateo Correa Magallanes
His Call to Priesthood
Mateo was 60 when he died; he was a martyr
he also had administered First Holy Communion to a saint-to-be, Blessed Miguel Pro, who was martyred the same year as Mateo
Mateo was taken to and shot in a local cemetery
he was a Knight of Columbus, on Council 2140
he was Canonized during the Jubilee of Mexico (year 2000)
Ortiz was also the Commanding Officer, which made the charges more extreme (A.K.A.- death for Mateo)
St. Mateo Correa Magallanes was also executed for refusing to yield to his persecutors
born in Tepechitlán, Zacatecas, Mexico
on July 23, 1866
died in Durango, Mexico
on February 6, 1927
Becoming a Saint
First Mateo was Beatified on November 22, 1992 by Pope John Paul II, then he was Canonized on May 21, 2000 by Pope John Paul II
Beatified- a recognition from the Catholic Church, of a dead person's entrance into Heaven and the ability pray in his or her name
Mateo was first jailed in Zacatecas for his faith, but he was shortly moved to Durango due to space.
In Durango, Mateo was shot in
the head by General Ortiz, one
of the guards.
Death and Jailing
He said this as he was asked for an explanation for what he did. This most-likely happened as he was being sentenced or when the general first asked.
Direct Quote from Mateo
St. Matthew Correa Magallanes
By: Carolina (Abby) Slovick
he was ordained in 1893 at the age of 27
Father Mateo faithfully fulfilled his call from God: to evangelize, to serve the poor, to obey his bishop, to unite himself to Christ – even becoming a martyr rather than breaking the secret of a person's confession. Father Mateo was constantly harassed and was arrested several times – the last time while he was visiting the sick. It was only the last time because he was killed during this last trip to jail.
Mateo was a peaceful person, why can't the world be like that?
"Let their death-cry of fidelity to Jesus Christ encourage us to be courageous in faith and to be loyal Knights of Columbus"
This is an except of the Prayer to Saint Mateo. This section is saying:
Let their pain and suffering call to Jesus Christ and help us to be faithful and loyal to our brothers and sisters.
When Mateo was in Durango, he was asked by General Ortiz, on February 5, to hear the confessions of some of the prisoners. The prisoners were also there due to being Christians so, being the devoted the priest he is, he accepted the offer. But after he had heard the confessions Ortiz, who was holding a gun to Mateo's head, asked him to share what the prisoners had said. Mateo declined and, on February 6, he was sentenced to death for disobeying a General and for being faithful to his religion. He was shot in the head later that day by General Ortiz himself.