Ferrer Esteve, José, 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. 17, 1904, in Algemesí, Valencia, Spain; d. Dec. 9,1936. The novice master in Albarracín for the province of Valencia, José was a joyful, jovial man by nature, and his humor cheered his confreres daily. He also served as organist in Albarracín's cathedral. On July 10 he went to Algeneri for a rest with his parents. He remained there until Dec. 9, when he was arrested. During the night he was taken to a roadside location and shot. 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.]

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