The relics of six Roman Catholic priests martyred in Mexico and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000 will be delivered to Perry on Monday, Nov. 18 as part of a nationwide pilgrimage sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
The relics will be available for viewing starting at 8 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry. Mass by Father Paul Nguyen will be at 6 p.m., followed by a slide show presentation (approx. 4 minutes in Spanish and 4 minutes in English) and veneration of the relics until 8 p.m. The relics will be guarded by Third and Fourth Degree honor guard Knights. The six Knights of Columbus priests whose relics are coming to Perry—Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero, Miguel de la Mora de la Mora, Jose Maria Robles Hurtado, Luis Batiz Sainz, Rodrigo Aguilar Aleman and Mateo Correa Magallanes—were martyred for their faith by the Mexican government during the religious persecution in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s.
The pilgrimage of the relics began in Mexico City in September, 2005, to mark the centennial of the Knights of Columbus in Mexico. From there, the reliquary has traveled to cities throughout Mexico. It is now traveling in the U.S. before heading to Canada.