First MSCs to be Beatified


On July 8, Pope Francis approved the beatification of our Spanish Martyrs! Fr. Antonio Hortigüela and his six companions will become the first members of our Congregation to be beatified. The beatification will be held on May 6, 2017,  at the Diocese of Gerona – Spain and will be officiated by Angelo Cardinal Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

 Name Born First Profession Priestly Ordination
P. Antonio Arribas Hortigüela 29.04.1908 30.09.1928 06.04.1935
P. Abundio Martínez Rodríguez 14.04.1908 08.10.1925 19.12.1931
P. José Oriol Massó 16.06.1909 04.01.1927 01.04.1933
P. José Vergara Echeverría 18.06.1908 30.10.1927 24.02.1934
Bro. Gumersindo Gómez Rodríguez 15.10.1911 08.12.1929
Bro. Jésus Moreno Ruiz 13.01.1915 25.01.1934
Bro. José del Almo del Almo 12.06.1916 08.09.1934

All seven MSC’s (the oldest was 28; the youngest 20 years of age) were killed together by a firing squad on September 29, 1936, at Seriñá in the diocese of Gerona, Spain.

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