Bl. Leonardo Perez Larios, layman

Born 1883. Beatified after publication of 2004 Roman Martyrology.

Leonardo Pérez Larios was born on 28 November 1883 in Lagos di Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico. He never married and although he desired to become a priest, he was unable to do so because of his responsibility to care for his two sisters and maintain the family.

A deeply religious man, Leonardo belonged to a Marian group whose members made a vow of chastity and met each week for Eucharistic adoration.

Leonardo was also arrested in the home of the Alba sisters, after having participated in Holy Mass and a Holy Hour organized by Fr Solá. When soldiers entered the home and discovered Fr Solá, they mistook Leonardo for a priest because he was dressed in black and was very devout. He declared that he was not a priest, but that he was Roman Catholic.

Leonardo was taken away to be martyred in Rancho de San Joaquín on 25 April 1927, together with Fr Rangel and Fr Solá y Molist.


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