Blessed Elias Julian (Julian Torrijo Sanchez)
Martyr of the Spanish Civil War
Torrijo del Campo, Spain, Nov 17, 1900 – Picadero de Paterna, Spain, November 22, 1936
Julian Sanchez was born in Torrijo Torrijo del Campo, near Teruel in Spain, on November 17 1900. He was baptized the following day. Keen to become a Lasallian Brother, he entered nell’Aspirantato of Cambrils on November 13, 1916. He received the habit on February 11, 1917 at Hostalets de Llers and assumed the religious name of Elia Julian. He began his apostolate with children of Santa Coloma Farnese in 1920. Cambrils, Manlleu, San Hipolito de Voltregà, Condal, and the school Our Lady of Caramel in Barcelona were following his fields of apostolate. Because of an illness he had to return to Cambrils.
Here he was surprised by the religious persecution that broke out with the civil war. Along with Brother Bertran Francisco, he was instructed to accompany a group of novices and school Aragonese to their families, but before reaching their destination were intercepted by militants. Identified as religious, they were imprisoned and killed on November 22 1936. Brother Elia was 35.
Lord Jesus whom you want to call,
please call us to work for you and for our brothers.
Help us to overcome the problems and fears, as did our Brother Elian.
And if someone calls us to serve others,
that your love feed his vocation and persevere at his side until the end.
Let us realize our generous dreams
without leave from consumerism and contamination from the ugliness of society. So be it.
Both religious and three other brothers belonging to the Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools were beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II as part of a group of 233 Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War.
Author: Fabio Arduino
SOURCE: Santi e Beati