Knights of Columbus - Council 9210
Our Lady of the Pillar ~ Nuestra Señora del Pilar 

KofC 9210 Album


Mexican Martyrs (Christeros) Visit Orange County Hispanic Community
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The 1920s brought a revolution to Mexico, along with the widespread persecution of Catholics.

Missionaries were expelled from the country, Catholic seminaries and schools were closed, and the Church was forbidden to own property.

Priests and laymen were told to denounce Jesus and their faith in public; if they refused, they faced not just punishment but torture and death.

During this time of oppression and cruelty, the Knights of Columbus did not retreat in Mexico but grew dramatically, from 400 members in 1918 to 43 councils and 6,000 members just five years later.

In the United States at the time, the Knights handed out five million pamphlets that described the brutality of the Mexican government toward Catholics. As a result, the Mexican government greatly feared and eventually outlawed the Order.

Thousands of men, many of whom were Knights, would not bow to these threats or renounce their faith, and they often paid with their lives.

They took a stand when that was the most difficult thing they could do, and their courage and devotion have echoed down through the decades.