Agustín Caloca Cortés
|Agustín Caloca Cortés|
May 5, 1898|
El Teúl, Zacatecas, Mexico
|Died||May 25, 1927
Colotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
|Roman Catholic Church|
|Canonized||May 21, 2000 by Pope John Paul II|
|Major shrine||San Juan Bautista del Teúl Parish, Zacatecas, Mexico|
In May 1927, he arrived at the seminary to announce that Mexican government soldiers were approaching Totatiche. He ordered the students to abandon the seminary and disperse among the town's population. After helping the students escape, he was taken prisoner and transferred to a jail in Colotlán where he was reunited with Father Magallanes Jara.
He was purportedly offered his freedom by a military officer on account of his young age, but Caloca Cortes refused his freedom unless freedom was also granted to Father Magallanes Jara.
His last words before execution by fire squad were, "We live for God and for Him we die."
He was originally buried in Colotlán but his remains were later exhumed and transferred to the parish of San Juan Bautista in El Teúl.
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