St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic School forms students in the Catholic faith,
in academic excellence, and virtue by assisting families in developing joy-filled,
confident and Christ-centered children for a life of service and leadership.
Faith, Academics, Character, and Service
St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic School strives to build a Catholic community of faith that calls children to embrace the Gospel values and prepare them to directly share in God's life through charitable service.
We seek to develop the individual and unique gifts and talents of each student through holistic efforts based in rigorous academics, the fine arts, competitive athletics, extracurricular activities, and vibrant spiritual development. Students are exposed to education that is tailored to their unique attributes, new ideas, and thoughts that challenge them to be a force of good in the world.
St. Jose Sanchez del Rio
José Sánchez del Río was born on 28 March 1913 in Sahuayo, Michoacán, Mexico. Wanting to defend the faith and rights of Catholics, he followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers and asked his mother for permission to join the Cristeros. She objected, telling him that he was too young. “Mama”, he replied, “do not let me lose the opportunity to gain Heaven so easily and so soon”.
On 5 February 1928 the young boy was captured during a battle and imprisoned in the church sacristy. In order to terrorize him, soldiers made him watch the hanging of one of the other captured Cristeros. But José encouraged the man, saying, “You will be in Heaven before me. Prepare a place for me. Tell Christ the King I shall be with him soon”.
In prison, he prayed the Rosary and sang songs of faith. He wrote a beautiful letter to his mother telling her that he was resigned to do God’s will. José’s father attempted to ransom his son, but was unable to raise the money in time.
On 10 February 1928 the teenager was brutally tortured and the skin of the soles of his feet was sheered off; he was then forced to walk on salt, followed by walking through the town to the cemetery. The young boy screamed with pain but would not give in. At times the soldiers stopped him and said, “If you shout, “Death to Christ the King’, we will spare your life”. But he answered: “Long live Christ the King! Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe!”.
Once he arrived at the cemetery, José was asked once more if he would deny his faith. The 14 year old shouted out: “Long live Christ the King!”, and was summarily shot. – Vatican beatification biography