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.
From there, on the evening of the same day, 14 young seminarians headed by Fr. Manuel Jove, a 40-year-old internationally renowned Latin scholar and founder of the magazine Palaestra Latina, set off. They went to Vallbona de les Monges, hometown of Fr. Jove, where he expected to find refuge.
They were walking in pairs separately in order to go unnoticed, but they were discovered and arrested. Fr Jové went ahead of the group to get passes from the Committee of the village of Rocafort, but militants of the Committee of Lérida went there to look for him in the evening of the 25th and there began the last and most difficult climb of his calvary.
First of all, a thorough search, accompanied by punches, a shove or a whiplash. In his pockets, he had nothing except a handkerchief and the indispensable rosary, and. .. Jesus Christ! – Some cilices, instruments of penance. Laughter, blasphemies, profanities, vulgarities……
On the chest of Fr. Joseph, under his shirt, a crucifix was hanging.
– What is this? –‘My Lord and God.
– Make the favor to throw it on the ground! – I don´t!
They themselves tear it and throw it with violence:
– step on it! – “That, never! I’d rather die.” —- ‘Well, you’ll have to swallow it!
They placed its tip in his mouth and they sink it there with terrible blows, tearing the tissues of his face.
The passion culminated in the cemetery of Lérida, between two and three o´clock in the afternoon of July 26. The prisoners went down from the truck. One of the boys commented, thinking of his beloved home..
‘If only you could inform my mother.”
‘You’ve been late, boy. you’ve had enough time.
Fr Jové addressed everybody: “They’ll kill us, but we die for God. Long live Christ the King!”
Before the firing, Fr Jove, being the first in the line, said: – “I die for God!”
Given this statement, taken as a joke by the militia, asked each one in particular:
– And you too die for God? – I also die for God!
They were fifteen Manuel Jové, Onésimo Agorreta, Amado Amalrich, José Amargant, Pedro Caball, José Casademont, Teófilo Casajùs, Antonio Cerdá, Amadeo Costa, José Elcano, Luis Hortó, Senén López, Miguel Oscoz, Luis Plana y Vicente Vázquez.