St. Jesus Mendez-Montoya
Roman Martyrology: At Valtiervilla, Mexico, St. Jesus Mendez, priest and martyr who died for Christ during the Mexican persecution (1928).
Canonization date: May 21, 2000 by Pope John Paul II.
He was born June 10, 1880 in Tarímbaro, Michoacán, Mexico. Priest in the diocese of Morelia, Mexico. During the persecutions of the Mexican Revolution, he hid in the villages of the peasants, living with the poorest, teaching catechism.
Musician and music teacher. Martyr.
He was shot three times on February 5, 1928 in Valtierrilla, Guanajuato, Mexico.