Blessed Modesto Vegas Vegas, Priest and Martyr
La Serna, Spain, February 24, 1912 – Llisa of Amunt, Spain, July 27, 1936
Roman Martyrology: In the village of Llisa, at Barcelona in Spain, Bl Modesto Vegas Vegas, priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and Martyr, who in the persecution against the faith spilled his blood for Christ.
Modesto Vegas Vegas was born February 24, 1912 in La Serna, in the diocese of Leon. He entered the novitiate of Granollers, as aspirant of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, and took temporary vows in 1929. He completed his studies in philosophy and theology at Osimo in Italy, where in 1934 he professed his solemn vows and was ordained a priest. Then he returned home to Granollers and exercised his ministry of preaching and confession, especially distinct in the fulfillment of the divine will, in chastity, patience and humility, always carrying a devout life and apostolate.
At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Father Modesto took refuge in the house of his friends, not afraid to be killed, even desiring martyrdom for the love of Christ. On July 27, 1936, he was found and captured, openly confirmed to be a Franciscan priest and suffered insults and beatings because of it. He was then led around the Llisa Amunt, near Barcelona, where he was shot in odio alla fede.
Modesto Vegas Vegas together with his five brothers of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual were Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II with a group composed of as many as 233 martyrs of the persecution.
Author: Fabio Arduino
Source: Santi e Beati