May 25, 2006

St. Fratboy-Gone-Wild? Once while drunk he punched his girlfriend and got arrested for it. He later became a priest and died bravely as a martyr.

Saint David Galván Bermudes, Priest and Martyr

His memorial day in the calendar of saints is today, May 25.

Born January 29, 1881, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Entered the Guadalajara seminary at age 14, and excelled in his studies.

Questioning his vocation, he left the seminary for three years. He worked, dated, wasted his time, and lived a dissolute lifestyle. At one point he was arrested for hitting his girlfriend while he was drunk.

He eventually began to reconsider a vocation to the priesthood. After a year's probation, he was allowed to return to the seminary.

He received priestly ordination on May 20, 1909.

He served as seminary instructor at Amatitán, Jalisco, and subsequently became Supervisor of the Amatitán seminary.

During periods when Catholics rose up to oppose the government’s violent suppression of the Church, he went into the field of fire to nurse the injured and give them the sacraments.

On one such mission to Guadalajara, he was arrested for being a priest. He comforted fellow prisoners and heard their confessions in the hours before his execution.

While standing before the firing squad, Fr. David pointed to his chest, inviting the bullets of the executioners, thus dying on January 30, 1915, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Pope John Paul II beatified him on November 22, 1992, and canonized him on May 21, 2000.


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