Maldonado, Pedro de Jesús

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Maldonado, Pedro de Jesús Gender: M
Pedro Maldonado Lucero
born on 15 June 1892 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Chihuahua, Mexico, 28n38, 106w05
Timezone LMT m106w05 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 25°03' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 28°16 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 25°10'

Pedro de Jesús Maldonado
photo: Josealfonsoramosgonzalez, license cc-by-sa-4.0


Mexican diocesan priest who became the first canonized saint and martyr from Chihuahua City, Mexico. He helped the poor with money and clothing, and raised and educated a poor orphan. Maldonado took a special interest in the religious education of both children and adults, explaining Catholic doctrine by using photographs. At harvest time, farmers would ask him to bless fields invaded by locusts, and there are accounts that claim his prayers expelled the locusts more than once.

During the Cristero War (1926–1929), Maldonado and other priests in Chihuahua were the targets of anti-Catholic violence.

On 10 February 1937 (Ash Wednesday), Maldonado was arrested by government henchmen who had discovered his hiding place on a ranch. They brought him barefoot to the town hall, where they beat him, fracturing his skull and causing his left eye to pop out. He died at Chihuahua City on 11 February 1937 (the 19th anniversary of his first Solemn Mass), from severe brain trauma and injuries throughout his body caused by the beating. According to his death certificate, Maldonado died at 5:15 pm, at the age of 44.

On 22 November 1992, Fr. Maldonado was beatified by Pope John Paul II. On 25 May 2000, John Paul canonized him.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Homicide 11 February 1937 at 5:15 PM in Chihuahua (Severe wounds, age 44)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites birth record quoted in El mártir de Chihuahua: persecución y levantamientos de católicos : vida y martirio del P. Pedro Maldonado by Javier Contreras Orozco (Centro Librero La Pronsa, 1992), p. 358: El niño Pedro Maldonado Lucero nace a las 12 horas del día 15 de junio de 1892, y no el día ocho de junio, como erróneamente aparece en pequeñas biografías del beato chihuahuense. Según el acta de nacimiento que existe en el Registro Civil de Chihuahua, los datos están asentados en el libro 23, folio 140, acta número 382:" ante el Juez del Estado Civil, Eduardo Delhumeau, 29 de junio de 1892, a las 4 de la tarde se presentaron Apolinar Maldonado, nativo de Allende, jornalero de 45 años de edad, con domicilio en el Barrio de San Nicolás, lugar donde nació Pedro Maldonado, presentando un niño vivo a quien le puso por nombre Pedro. El niño, hijo legítimo de Apolinar Maldonado y su esposa Micaela Lucero, nativa de Hidalgo del Parral, de 30 años de edad."

(The child Pedro Maldonado Lucero was born at 12 o'clock [noon] on 15 June 1892, and not on June 8, as erroneously appears in small biographies of the blessed Chihuahuan. According to the birth certificate that exists in the Civil Registry of Chihuahua, the data are recorded in book 23, folio 140, act number 382: "before the Judge of Civil Status, Eduardo Delhumeau, 29 June 1892, at 4 in the afternoon, Apolinar Maldonado, a native of Allende, a 45-year-old day laborer with a home in the Barrio de San Nicolás, where Pedro Maldonado was born, presented a live child whom he named Pedro, legitimateson of Apolinar Maldonado and his wife Micaela Lucero, native of Hidalgo del Parral, 30 years old).


  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Assault/ Battery victim (Causing death)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Priest)
  • Vocation : Religion : Saint/ Stigmatist (Canonized saint and martyr)