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Br. Félix León (Félix Ayúcar Eraso)

 

* 04/12/1911, Estella - Diocese of Pamplona Tudela
+ 08/10/1936, Barcelona - 24 years old

Félix was born on the 4th December 1911 in Estella (Navarra) in a family of workers who gave two of their sons to the Marist congregation and the two of them would be martyrs. His father was a foreman of roadmenders; his mother died when he was very young. In 1924, he accompanied his young brother Feliciano to the juniorate at Villafranca de Navarra. On the 8th September 1929, he pronounced his first vows. He was only temporarily professed when the civil war broke out. He taught at Igualada, Mataró and Barcelona.

During his years of formation, he was noted for his piety and his silence. At the end of his scholasticate studies, he was sent to make his debut at Igualada.

During the troubled days which followed the beginning of the war, he had the possibility of hiding himself in the early days in the house of one of his brothers. When the militia took him they found him in the company of two other Marists. They detained them and took them to the place where they held rowing races at Guinardó. There they found themselves with other brothers. Later they joined the others on the boat Cabo San Agustín. Here he had the strange surprise of seeing two militia wearing his clothes and those of one of his brothers from whom they had taken them a little time before.

After that Brother Félix León was put into the San Elías prison from which he only left for the final sacrifice, the night of the 8th October 1936.

A brother who was his companion said: He never panicked about what could happen to him, as the circumstances allowed him to think that he would gain what he so much desired: martyrdom.