Born in 1886 in Agualele, Mexico, Saint Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo grew up believing in the Lord. As he grew, his faith awarded him a scholarship to go to a Christian School. In 1911, the Archbishop made him a priest, and he served in many Mexican churches. Everybody loved Jenaro, as he was very humble and obedient to the pastors.
Caring for the sick and teaching children about God was Jenaro’s passion. However, tension was building in Mexico as the Cristero war had now begun. In 1923 Jenaro became the vicar of Tamazulita, but public worship was now banned. Jenaro continued holding masses in secret.
One day, Jenaro and his friends and family were out hunting when the Mexican military caught them. His companions encouraged Jenaro to escape, but he stayed and faced the consequences of his actions. The soldiers tied up the group and interrogated them. Finally, they set everyone free except Jenaro, whom the soldiers hung from a tree and later shot and stabbed.
In 1934, they transferred Jenaro’s remains to the parish church in Tecolotlan Cocula, Jalisco. After that, the church declared him to have attained the blessedness of heaven and allowed him to take the title of Blessed. Finally, in May 2021, at the Jubilee of 2000, the pope declared Jenaro a saint.