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Br. Bernardo, martyr

06/10/2006: General House

72 years ago Br. Bernardo was assassinated in Barruelo, Spain. He was 45 years old. The opening page of his Cause summarizes the event in these words: The Good Shepherd gives his life for his sheep. (John 10:11)

He was born in Camallera, Girona, Spain, into a hard-working and deeply Christian family. Br. Hilario José, one of the four founders of the Province of Spain, accompanied him to the Marist seminary at San Andrés de Palomar in 1901, where he met his brother Juan (Andrés).

He began the novitiate in 1904, after which he made his first vows.
From 1906 to 1925, he developed his gift for teaching as a Marist educator in the schools of Torelló, Valdepeñas, Calatayud, Igualada, Valencia and Barcelona. His complete devotion to his work won over the hearts of his students.

After a term as director of the little school in Vallejo de Orbó, in the mining district of northern Palencia, he was assigned in 1931 to nearby Barruelo de Santullán, where he was also superior and director of the school. He was assassinated in 1934, a victim of the Civil War. He stands as a witness to the Faith and an educator of the children of the miners of Barruelo.

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