Siguenza had been a haven of peace until the situation became extremely difficult on July 25. Fr José M ª gathered the seminarians in the chapel, “it would have been one o´clock in the afternoon,” says the chronicler, to bring them abreast of the situation. “He wanted to encourage us , but could not hold back tears.” – “It’s okay, but to prevent what could happen, I announce with deep sorrow that the school is suspended for a few days … Go out in groups to the neighboring towns, since all have offered to give us accommodation … ”
Seven kilometers from Cervera, the Claretians had a farm popularly known as Mas Claret where the scattered members of the Community had found a temporary refuge. In the morning of July 24, some members of the Revolutionary Committee of Cervera came to seize it.
“Los mártires de San Joaquín –un religioso claretiano, un sacerdote secular y un seglar-,se convierten hoy, para nosotros, en una parábola de ese compartir que hermana a todos en la misión de dar testimonio del Reino”. -Circular del P. General
A little over 12 years ago, on October 25, 1992, we celebrated with great joy the beatification of our 51 brothers, the Martyrs of Barbastro.
That grace-filled moment positively affected the lives of many Claretians and had a profound impact on those who were in the process of initial formation at the time. Many young Claretians, motivated by the testimony of the Martyrs, wrote to Father General expressing their availability for the universal mission of the Congregation.
Jose-Felix Valderrábano CMF
Andrew Solá Molist, the third of eleven children, was born in the town of Taradell, near the city of Vic, Spain on October 7, 1895. The preaching of some Claretians in his parish helped him discover his missionary vocation. He joined the Congregation of Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1909. He made his profession of vows on August 15, 1914 in Cervera, Spain and was ordained priest in Segovia, Spain on September 23, 1922.
At 27 years of age, on August 28, 1923, he was assigned to Mexico with five other Claretian missionaries. The day after his arrival, in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he placed all his apostolic ideals and works under the protection of Mary.
Superior General Fr. Aquilino Bocos Merino, cmf
Translated: Fr. Bob Fath, cmf
1. WE START WITH THE LIVED EXAMPLE
“We are joyful to be able to suffer something for the sake of God; because they are going to kill us only for being religious or aspirants to the priesthood.” (Pablo Hall, 14 CMF)
“I’m going to be shot for being a religious and a member of the clergy, or if you will, for following the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Thanks be to the Father through Our Lord Jesus Christ, his Son, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen” (8/10/360. (Ramon Illa, C.M.F)
“We have not been found to be involved in any political cause. And although we have not been given any kind of a trial we ore all content to die for Christ and his Church and for the faith of Spain. For the martyrs.” (Manuel Martinez, C.M.F.)