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José Sánchez del Río

the patron saint of the youth guild.

      Saint José Sánchez del Río was fourteen years of age when he fought against anticlerical secularism during the Cristero War. He was captured, imprisoned and tortured for refusing to deny Christ; and his final words before his martyrdom bespoke the depth and strength of his faith: “¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!” (Long Live Christ the King! Long Live the Virgin of Guadalupe!).

 

       The story of his heroic witness, even to the shedding of his blood, is recounted powerfully in the movie, For Greater Glory. The children and young people who come to know more intimately Saint José Sánchez del Río will, according to his example and with the help of his intercession, grow in their love of Christ the King and His Mother, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Considering that the Church has declared him the patron saint of children, adolescents, and persecuted Christians, his witness continues to leave a lasting impact throughout America. The Shrine’s Youth Guild is just one more mark of Saint José Sánchez del Río’s enduring legacy of heroic sanctity.