Salesian Holiness

Enrico Saiz Aparicio, 62 c.

Beginning of the Process: 8-2-1995
Conclusion of the Process: 22-4-1996
Beatified on : 28 October 2007

Blessed Fr Enrico Saiz Aparicio and 62 companions - Spain 1936-1939
During the Spanish Civil War between 1936-39, many priests, religious and laity were put to death. 95 Salesians were included in this number.  The Seville-Madrid group, led by Fr Enrico Saiz Aparicio, numbers 63 of this group in all.  The Decree of Martyrdom has already been proclaimed.

Fr Enrico Saiz Aparicio was the courageous Rector of the Salesian aspirantate at Carabanchel Alto, on the outskirts of Madrid.  When soldiers broke into the institute, he immediately said to them: "If it is blood you are after, then here I am.  However, do not harm the youngsters". The young men were freed, while Fr Saiz and eight other Salesians were taken and then killed.  Shortly before he died, he confided to a friend: "What better thing could there be than to die for the glory of God?"  He offered his life in exchange for the young people whom Divine Providence had entrusted to his care.  He gave his last breath for them.

Decree of martyrdom published 26 June 2006; beatified 28 October 2007 during the pontificate of Benedict XVI

List of martyrs

 

MADRID : 42 Martyrs (10 priests., 14 Brothers, 1 Subdeacon., 13 Clerics, 3 Aspirants, 1 lay person)

Priests

Enrico Saiz Aparicio,
Salvatore Fernández,
Sabino Hernández
Felice González,
Germano Martín,
Giuseppe Villanova,
Michele Lasaga,
Andrea Jiménez,
Andrea Gómez,
Pio Conde,
 
 

Brothers

Matteo Garolera,
Dionisio Ullívarri,
Nicola de la Torre,
Pablo Gracia,
Valentino Gil,
Giovanni Codera,
Giovanni M. Celaya,
Francesco G. Martín,
Emilio Arce,
Raimondo Eirín,
Anastasio Garzón,
Stefano Vázquez,
Eliodoro Ramos,
Antonio Cid,
 

Subdeacon

Carmelo Pérez,
 
 

Clerics

Stefano Cobo,
Teodulo González,
Emmanuele Martín,
Virgilio Edreira,
Giusto Juanes,
Pietro Artolozaga,
Francesco Edreira,
Emmanuele Borrajo,
Vittoriano Fernández,
Pasquale de Castro,
Giovanni Larragueta,
Luigi Martínez,
Florenzio Rodríguez,
 
 

Aspirants

Federico Cobo,
Igino de Mata,
Tommaso Gil,

Layman

Juan de Mata
 
 

 

SEVILLE : 21 Martyrs (12 Priests., 4 Brothers, 1 Subdeacon, 3 Cooperators, 1 Cleric)

 

Priests

Antonio Torrero,
Antonio Mohedano,
Emmanuele Gomez,
Michele Molina,
Enrico Canut,
Felice Paco,
Francesco Míguez,
Antonio Pancorbo,
Emmanuele Fernández
Pablo Caballero,
Antonio Fernández,
Giuseppe Limón,

 

Brothers

Stefano García,
Raffaele Rodríguez,
Giuseppe Blanco.
Tommaso Alonso Sanjuán.
 
 

 

Subdeacon

Onorio Hernández
 
 

 

Coops.

Donna Teresa Cejudo
Bartolomeo Blanco
Antonio Rodríguez.

 

Clerics

Giovanni Luigi Hernández;
 
 

 

 

 

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