Saint Juan Diego was the first indigenous saint of the Americas his original indigenous name was “Cuauhtlatohuac” (The eagle who speaks) Born in 1474 in Cuautitlan Mexico (near Mexico City), he died on May 30, 1548, in Tepeyac Hill Mexico City.
Saint Juan Diego is forever linked to Our Lady of Guadalupe because it is to him that She appeared at Tepeyac Hill on December 9, 1531, and after the roses were transformed into the miraculous image of Our Lady everyone knows.
Canonized July 31, 2002
Feast Day December 9
Patron Saint of INDIGENOUS PEOPLE