Blessed Miguel Pro
Side-aisle Church Painting
Artist: Neilson Carlin
Father Pro was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1925 and had a great devotion to Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe. He willingly risked his life to continue his sacramental ministry to the people of Mexico when the government closed all of the churches. Falsely accused of an attempt on the life of Mexico’s President, he was executed before a fiiring squad. His last words: “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” – “Long Live Christ the King!”
The artist has incorporated several aspects of Father Pro’s life into this work.
The scene depicts Fr. Pro the second before his execution, arms outstretched, with his last words contained in the radiance around his head.
The two Mexican children at his sides offer a laurel wreath symbolizing victory, and a red crown of thorns symbolizing martyrdom.
The floating cherubs encircle him with red fabric, symbolizing the shedding of blood, leading his spirit to glory in the upper part of the canvas where he participates in the Divine Liturgy for eternity. Both cherubs carry red roses and one holds a palm branch, both symbolic of martyrdom.
Father Miguel Pro was beatified by Pope Saint John Paul II on September 25, 1988.
Blessed Miguel Pro’s relics were placed in the main altar of the Shrine Church during the Dedication of the Church on July 31, 2008.
In addition, a relic was installed at the side-aisle shrine, beneath this painting.