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Feastday: May 25

Birth: 1881

Death: 1915

Beatified By: 22 November 1992 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized By: 21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II in Mexico


Born in Guadalajara, Mexico on January 29, 1881, Saint David Galván Bermúdez, entered the seminary at age 14. He was an excellent student, but then he began questioning his vocation, so he left for three years and worked, dated, and lived a wild life. At one time even he was arrested to hitting his girlfriend while he was drunk. When he realized he could not ignore the call to his vocation, he was on probation for a year, and then returned to the seminary. He was ordained on May 20, 1909. He was the seminary instructor in Amatitán and then became the supervisor of the seminary. He was arrested one time for the crime of being a priest. During the periods of rebellion, he worked with the injured but patching wounds and hearing confessions. While on his way to Guadalajara to help victims of street fighting, he was arrested with Father Jose Araiza. He comforted fellow prisoners and heard their confessions in the hours before his execution. He was murdered for being a priest on January 30, 1915 in Guadalajara. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 21, 2000 during the Jubilee of Mexico.


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