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St. Juan Diego

St. Juan Diego Biography

  • Historians believe that Saint Juan Diego was born the calpulli of Tlayacac, Cuauhtitlan in 1474. This village, founded in 1168 was conquered by the Aztecs in 1467. It is located about fifteen miles north of Mexico City.

  • Saint Juan Diego’s birth name was Cuauhtlatoztzin which translates as “eagle that talks”.

  • Saint Juan Diego was a member of the lowest class of the Aztec Empire. He often referred to himself as a “nobody”.

St Juan Diego Patron Saint 
  • Saint Juan Diego worked in the fields and made mats. He was married but had no children.

  • Saint Juan Diego was baptized by a Franciscan priest in 1525, along with his wife. He took the Christian name of Juan Diego and his wife took the name Maria Lucia.

  • Saint Juan Diego was devoted to Christianity. He walked fourteen miles from Tenochtitlan to receive lessons in the Christian doctrine. He performed penance regularly and meditated silently.

  • After the death of his wife, Maria Lucia, Juan moved in with his uncle, Juan Bernardino.

  • Every weekend, Saint Juan Diego walked nine miles to church. He walked in bare feet since he had no shoes or sandals.

  • While on one of his walks to church, Saint Juan Diego experienced an appartition in the Capilla del Cerrito. The Blessed Virgin spoke to Saint Juan Diego in his native language of Nahuatl. She addressed him saying, “Juanito, Juan Diguito, the most humble of my sons, my son the least, my little dear.”

  • Saint Juan Diego spoke to the Blessed Mother saying, “I am a nobody. I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf.”

  • The apparition that Saint Juan Diego saw became known as the Miracle of Guadalupe. The bishop allowed Juan to move into the chapel that had the sacred image of the apparition. Saint Juan Diego became the caretaker of the church and discussed his visions with people who came to pray to the Blessed Virgin.

  • Saint Juan Diego died on May 30, 1548. He was 74 years old.

  • Saint Juan Diego was canonized by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002.

Saint Juan Diego Remembered

Saint Juan Diego is still remembered by Catholics today. They wear a Saint Juan Diego medal in honor of this humble saint that the Blessed Virgin appeared to. Wearing a Saint Juan Diego charm reminds Catholics to be humble, keeping the heart open to the words of Jesus.

St. Juan Diego

St Juan Diego Medal Pendant


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