Thursday, February 14, 2008

Vicente Vilar David

VICENTE VILAR DAVID

Memorial
14 February
Profile
Youngest of eight children. Educated by the Piarists, and studied engineering in Valencia. Married Isabel Rodes Reig, the main witness to his life and martyrdom, and who died in 1993. Spread a Christian outlook and morality among his peers, and known for charity to the poor. He worked as an industrial engineer in the family ceramics firm, and held several important municipal posts in which he put the Church's social teaching into practice. Always involved in parish activities and Catholic youth groups. Against the anti-religious sentiment of 1930’s Spain, he worked to save persecuted priests and religious. As he was taken away to his martyrdom for supporting his faith, his wife said, "See you tomorrow!", and he answered, "Until tomorrow or in heaven!". Those who’ve studied his case believe he had a cause for canonization based solely on his life, not just his martyrdom.
Born
28 June 1889 at Manises, Valencia, Spain
Died
martyred by shooting on 14 February 1937
Beatified
1 October 1995 by Pope John Paul II

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