Agramunt Riera, Juan, Bl.

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Martyr, priest of the Order of Poor Clerics Regular of the Mother of God of the Pious Schools (Piarists); b. Feb. 13, 1907 in Alzamora, Castile, Spain; d. Aug. 14, 1936. Fr. Juan was assigned to the Castellon school four kilometers from his home in Almazora. He fled to his parents' home at the end of July where he was arrested. The night of August 1314, he was taken to prison along with a diocesan priest. They were shot en route, six kilometers from Almazora at the intersection of two roads. He was beatified on Oct. 1, 1995 by Pope John Paul II together with 12 other Piarists (see pamplona, dionisio and companions, bb.).

Feast: Sept. 22.

Bibliography: "Decreto Super Martyrio," Acta Apostolicae Sedis (1995): 651656. La Documentation Catholique 2125 (Nov. 5, 1995): 924.

[l. gendernalik/eds.]