Feast Day: 25th May & 21st May as
one of the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution
Shrine: Relics at Teul, Zecatecas, Mexico
known as: Agustin
Caloca, Augustine Caloca
Venerated: 7th March 1992
by Pope John Paul II
Beatified: 22nd November 1992 by John Paul II
Canonised: 21st May 2000 by Pope John Paul II
Saint Agustin was born on 5th May 1898
in Mexico. He studied at the seminary in
Guadalajara, Mexico until it was closed by anti-clerical government
forces. He retreated home and resumed his
studies in a minor seminary with Fr Magnallanes. In 1919 he returned to
Guadalajara and was ordained on 5th August 1923. He served as a priest
in Totatiche, Jarisco as well as prefect of the seminary. He founded the
catechetical centres and organised weekly social gatherings.
Augustin was arrested while helping his
seminarians to escape and was put into prison with Fr Magallanes. As he was young, he was offered his freedom,
but he refused unless Fr Magallanes was also released. He was transferred to Colotitlan, where he
was lined up against the wall and executed.
His body was taken to Totalice, in April 1952 and his heart was found to
be incorrupt, his remains were transferred to San Juan Bautista de Teul.