), close to
the Mexican border.
Texas was the locus of don Pedrito's healing ministry after he crossed
the border in 1 8 8 1 . As the mythology goes, he was born in Guadalajara,
Mexico, and first visited Texas as a laborer delivering bootleg whiskey
to a wealthy "Mexican" ranch for the feast of Saint John the Baptist, cel-
ebrated on 24 June. He later returned to Texas to make his home there.
Before this, there is no record of his life. Don Pedrito migrated to Texas
after he realized his healing gift at the age of fifty-two. According to one