Saint Augustin Miguel Pro, S.J., Mexican Martyr


Miguel Pro was born January 13, 1891, at Guadalupe Zacatecas, Mexico. From his childhood, high spirits and happiness were the most outstanding characteristics of his personality. The loving and devoted son of a mining engineer and a pious and charitable mother, Miguel had a special affinity for the working classes which he retained all his life.

At 20, he became a Jesuit novice and shortly thereafter was exiled because of the Mexican revolution. He traveled to the United States, Spain, Nicaragua and Belgium, where he was ordained in 1925. Father Pro suffered greatly from a severe stomach problem and when, after several operations his health did not improve, in 1926 his superiors allowed him to return to Mexico in spite of the religious persecution in the country.

The churches were closed and priests were in hiding. Father Pro spent the rest of his life in a secret ministry to the sturdy Mexican Catholics. In addition to fulfilling their spiritual needs, he also carried out the works of mercy by assisting the poor of Mexico City with their temporal needs. He adopted many disguises to carry out his secret ministry. In all that he did, he remained filled with the joy of serving Christ, his King, and obedient to his superiors.

Falsely accused in a bombing attempt on the President-elect, Pro became a wanted man. He was betrayed to the police and sentenced to death without the benefit of any legal process.

On the day of his death, Father Pro forgave his executioners, kneeling down, he prayed, bravely refused the blindfold, and then standing up with both hands outstretched he died from a bullet, proclaiming "Long Live Christ the King!" "Viva Christo Rey!"

The date was November 23, 1927. He was only 36 years old. This is his Feast Date.

Christ the King, by the intercession of Blessed Miguel Pro, I beg Thee to answer my prayers. Give me the grace and the strength necessary to follow his heroic example and to live my Catholic faith in spite of all temptations and adversities. Amen.