From El Universal:
Today we celebrate Saints Diego, Simón, Berta, Guillermo, Catalina, Segundo, Marco, Flavio, Latino, Epigmenio, Timoteo y Severo.
Who are in English (or Latin), where applicable or where I can figure or find out the equivalent:
Diego is an equivalent for James. Simon, Bertha, William, Mark, Flavius, Timothy and Severus.
Saint James of the Bible is not the San Diego, actually two San Diegos, whose day is marked today.
One of these is San Diego de Alcalá, the patron saint of Tuéjar in Spain in the province of Valencia. This town has a very lively web site where you can learn about its Iglesia de San Diego. Here is a photo of a statue of San Diego from the church taken from the web site.:
Our San Diego (1400?-1463), although he was apparently not "de Alcalá" but apparently from a small town in Andalucia called San Nicolás del Puorto. It still is a small town, very pretty, in the central southern part of Spain near some rugged terrain. You can see some photos here.
San Diego was a wanderer. As the author of one hagiography says, "In the dust of his sandles were mixed and glued the soil of innumerable walks through Spain, France and Italy.
He was a seeker after God, and finally in Arrizafa, near Córdoba, he became a lay brother among the Franciscans. And then set forth as a missionary. And of course
"in his wake he left caring and miracles which still survive in the traditional local places in not a few of those pueblos."
His one very slender connection with Mexico is probably his missionary work in the Canary Islands in 1450. As you may or may not know, in the mid 1700s Canary Islanders settled in the San Antonio, Texas area to cement Spain's claim to the territory. The first community of civilians there was known as San Fernando de Bexar.
Descendents of those first Canary Islanders still live in the San Antonio area. My boss, when I worked at UT Health Science Center as a research associate, was a descendent of Canary Islanders. Her great grandfather (or was it great great?) fought as a Texan against the Mexicans at the Alamo.
After all his travels, San diego returned to Spain to finish out his life.
He figures in a surprising amount of art work. Here is an image I stole from Wikipedia. He looks to be an interesting man.