Today is the feast day of Joseph Perez, little known 20th century saint and martyr. Due to civil unrest at the time, which later culminated in the Mexican Revolution, Perez studied religion in California and received ordination at the Franciscan Mission Santa Barbara. Upon his return to Mexico, Perez traveled across country in disguise to avoid Plutarco Calles’ suppression of the clergy during the time. He was captured by soldiers on his way back from a secretly held Mass and stabbed to death on June 2nd, 1928.
He was buried (and presumably still is) in Salvatierra, Mexico. During his funeral procession, supporters reportedly shouted “Viva Cristo Rey!” (Long live Christ the King!).
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