Raised in a pious family, they recited the rosary together daily, and his elder brother Fernando was a priest. Studied at the Seminary of Veracruz, Mexico in the 1930s during a period of official persecution of the Church, when the seminary was underground and the classes were conducted in secret; he spent his off time ministering to the poor and the sick, and helping to conduct cover Masses. Priest in the archdiocese of Xalapa, Mexico, ordained on 21 December 1940. Chaplain of the seminary in Veracruz; teacher, spiritual director and prefect of theologians there from 1940 to 1947. Confessor to the Sisters of Banderilla in 1947. Prefect of discipline of the Veracruz seminary and spiritual director of the Minor Seminary in 1947. Diocesan director of the Work of the Propagation of the Faith in 1954. Chaplain and spiritual director of Motolinía College in 1956. Pastor of the parish of Saint Jerome in Coatepic from 1960 to 1970. Founded the Colegio Mexico in Coatepec. Confessor to the Sisters of the Holy Trinity in Coatepec in 1961. Penitentiary canon of the Cathedral of Xalapa from 1970 to 1985. Interim rector of the Beguine church of the Sacred Heart in Xalapa in 1985. Rector of the Church of San Isidro in Xalapa in 1987. Diocesan exorcist from 1987 to 1995. His skill as spiritual director carried over to the confessional where he was much sought after for his advice and counsel.
- 13 August 1996 in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico of natural causes
- buried in the crypt of the church of Saint Jerome in Coatepec, Mexico where he had served as pastor
- “Venerable Manuel Martín del Campo“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 November 2016. Web. 8 December 2016. <>