St. Juan Diego

St. Juan Diego

Feast Day: December 9
Patron of: The disenfranchised

St. Juan Diego was a native Indian farmer and landowner in what is now Mexico. The Spanish conquest of Central and South America took place during his lifetime. St. Juan Diego converted to Christianity, along with his wife, early in the Spanish attempt to Christianize their new colonies. After his wife died, St. Juan Diego had a habit of walking to mass on the weekends. One Saturday, Mary appeared to him while he was making the trip. She told him to tell the bishop of Mexico to build her a shrine where he was, and that she would watch over all the people of the land. The Blessed Mother also told him to gather roses in the “tilma” he was wearing – when he emptied them out before the bishop, an image of Mary had appeared on the cloth.

St. Juan Diego is proof that God uses those who are most humble to do His work.