He truly deserves to be a saint! Viva Cristo Rey!!
Blessed martyr of Christ the King, Father Miguel Agustin Pro, you are a special patron of those who labor, those in illness, depression or despair. You are also a friend of musicians, the captives, and all who work toward social justice. Your beloved brothers, the Jesuits, revere you and count you among the ranks of their saints. You love your people of Mexico and all those loyal to the Church.
I thank the Sacred Heart for loving you so dearly.
I pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe whom you love so dear, to intercede for the cause of your canonization.
I pray that you remember me in your eternal and well-deserved rejoicing, and also my needs: [state needs]
Through your courageous life and martyrdom you have won the crown of life everlasting.
Remember me, Blessed Miguel, for I remember you.
Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
The shrine of Blessed Miguel Pro is in the beautiful Jesuit Church of the Holy Family in Colonia Roma, Mexico City. After the ritual exhumation during the Beatification process in 1988, Father Pro’s relics were reserved in a small chapel in this church until November of 1997 when they were translated into the main sanctuary in order to make them more accessible for veneration by the faithful.
Blessed Miguel Pro SJ, an indefatigable Jesuit martyred by the Mexican government in 1927 for performing his priestly duties, is an example of Christian heroism in the twentieth century.Born on January 12, 1891, Miguel Pro Juarez was the eldest son of Miguel Pro and Josefa Juarez. His birthplace, the humble central Mexican village of Gaudalupe, was especially fitting in view of his intense, lifelong devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.
He studied in Mexico until 1914 when a tidal wave of governmental anti-Catholicism crashed down upon Mexico, forcing the novitiate to disband and the order to flee to Los Gates, California. In 1915 Miguel was sent to a seminary in Spain, where he remained until 1924.
By the time he was ordained a priest in Belgium in 1925, the political situation in Mexico had deteriorated. All Catholic churches were closed. Bishops, priests, and religious were rounded up for deportation or imprisonment. Those caught trying to elude capture were shot. Celebration of the sacraments was punishable by imprisonment or death. The Church was driven underground.
Miguel Pro when he was executed, refused to be blindfolded and forgave his executioners. When he was shot, he shouted, “Viva, Cristo Rey!”