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Agustín de la Rosa

Agustín de la Rosa Serrano was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in 1824. Coming from a low-income family, he studied at Guadalajara's Seminar where he stood out as one of their most brilliant students.

He was ordained as a priest in December of 1847. He taught at the seminar for 52 years the subjects of philosophy, theology, as well as Latin, Greek and Nahuatl. He was also a mentor to many renowned figures such as Agustín Yáñez and Enrique González Martínez.

In 1887, he published "Disertación histórica-teológica de las apariciones de la Virgen de Guadalupe" (Historical and Theological Dissertation on Our Lady of Guadalupe's apparition). With this piece, David Brading, who was a British scholar on Mexican History, did not hesitate to describe Agustín de la Rosa as one of the five greatest Apparition theorists.

Above all, he preached the virtue of charity; he would dress with old and dirty clothes, his income was donated to feed a dozen abandoned children and young students whom he taught. This made him a role-model for Christian humanitarianism.

Learn more about his legacy by visiting the archives at Guadalajara's Archdioceses on Reforma street #362. This place is located near Templo de San José, Pedro Loza's andador (Pedro Loza’s walkway), Templo de Santa Mónica, and Templo de Nuestra Señora de la Merced.

Keep enjoying our historic center and learning about the legacy of the Honorable Citizens of Jalisco.