Entered the seminary in Guadalajara, Mexico at age 14. An excellent student. Questioning his vocation, David left the seminary for three years. He worked, dated, wasted his time, and lived a dissolute lifestyle; at one point he was arrested for hitting his girlfriend while he was drunk. However, he finally realized he could not ignore the call to his vocation. After a year’s probation, he was allowed to return to the seminary. Ordained on 20 May 1909. Seminary instructor at Amatitán. Supervisor at the Amatitán seminary.
Arrested at least one for the crime of priesthood. During periods of armed rebellion, he went into the field of fire to work with the injured, patching wounds and hearing confessions. On his way to Guadalajara to help victims of armed street fighting, he was arrested with Father Jose Araíza, who was later ransomed out of prison. Murdered for being a priest, and on the chance that he might be helping the rebels. Comforted fellow prisoners and heard confessions in the hours before execution. Martyr.
What greater glory is there than to die saving a soul? – Saint David, on his way to minister to the wounded in a fire fight
- “Saint David Galván-Bermúdez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 April 2015. Web. 28 April 2015. <>