October 9: Blessed Julián Alfredo, Martyr of Spain

Blessed Julián Alfredo
1904 – 1934

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One Response to October 9: Blessed Julián Alfredo, Martyr of Spain

  1. Nan says:

    Straight from the Vatican:

    Brother JULIAN-ALFREDO (VILFRIDO FERNANDEZ ZAPICO). He was born on December 24th 1903 at Cifuentes de Rueda (Leon). The example of his parents and the influence of an uncle who was a priest with whom he had to live for a time after the premature death of his mother made him grow up in an atmosphere of piety and directed him while still very young towards the religious life. At the age of 17 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchins of Salamanca but shortly afterwards an unexpected illness obliged him to return to his family. Once cured, he asked unsuccessfully to be readmitted to the Capuchins. He then made acquaintance with the Brothers of the Christian Schools who accepted him at 22 as a novice at Bujedo. He made his first vows on August 15th 1927 and his final profession on August 28th 1932. It was in the course of his second year of apostolate that the Lord gave the crown of martyrs to this generous and faithful religious.

    Saint Julian Alfredo is one of a set of ten, Martyrs of Turon:

    Martyred in Spain on October 9, 1934
    Beatified April 29, 1990
    Canonized November 21, 1999

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