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Br. Vivencio (Juan Núñez Casado)


* 10/01/1908, Covarrubias - Diocese of Burgos
+ 08/10/1936, Barcelona - 28 years old

Juan was born on the 10th January 1908 at Covarrubias (Burgos). His father was a shoemaker and his mother took care of the home. He entered the Marist juniorate at Artziniega (Álava) in 1920. On the 8th September 1924, he pronounced his first vows.
On the 15th August 1930, he committed himself definitively by his perpetual profession.

His apostolate was carried out in the schools at Sabadell (Barcelona), Badalona (Barcelona), Igualada (Barcelona), Zaragoza, Barcelona (Sants), Barcelona (Lauria), Larache (Marruecos), Logroño and Girona-La Mercè. It was here in this last house that he was found throughout the school year of 1935-1936.

The brothers of this community received the invitation of the superiors to move to France. Brother Vivencio left Girona with this in mind. He joined Brother Vincente Palmada and they made their way to the boat Cabo San Agustín where they arrived with the orders: “Ordaz Affair”. There 107 Brothers were betrayed and taken to the San Elías prison. During the night of the 8th October 1936, a group of forty-six, including Brother Vivencio, was taken to the cemeteries of Montcada and Les Corts where they were killed.

His stay at Larache (Morocco) was due to the fact that the government allowed the substitution of military service by voluntary service in the social domain. Religious could, to this effect, offer this collaboration for a time as missionaries in certain countries agreed to by the government.

I was able to read the letters that his mother sent him at Larache, said a witness. They were from a saint. She had a great influence on him. He always showed a great admiration for his mother. It was to her that he owed his vocation and his spiritual life… Brother Vivencio had an impetuous character, but he made every effort to control himself; he was a good religious. (Cf. Positio, p- 43 § 14. Brother Pedro Rueda Contreras)