Tomas Maria Planas Aguilera

Planas Tomas

Born April 17, 1909 in Barcelona

Professed August 31, 1926 in Vic.

Ordained a priest May 26, 1934 in Cervera

Shot August 26, 1936 in Barcelona


He was born on April 17, 1909 in Barcelona, in the Diocese of Barcelona. He was baptized a few days after his birth and received the Sacrament of Confirmation eight years later.

He was a student of the college of the Claretian Missionaries on the Calle Father Claret, where his religious vocation grew and he would entered the Postulancy of Vic in 1921. His Prefect was Fr. Jaime Girón. There during the four years, he completed the Humanities, Preparation, Analogy, Syntax and Rhetoric. His grades were brilliant all four years in Spanish, Latin, Mathematics, Geography, and History. He did have some extraordinary intellectual qualities.

His Novitiate was in Cervera. The Master of Novices was Father Ramon Ribera. He made his First Profession on August 31, 1926.

On September 1st, he went to Solsona to begin the Philosophy program with many of his classmates from the Novitiate. Again, he demonstrated his great talents. In August 16, 1929, he would move to Cervera to study Theology, both Dogmatic and Moral, completing the program in 1934.

There in Cervera, on May 26, 1934, he was ordained to the priesthood from the Bishop of Tarija (Bolivia).

On successful completion of the course, he would be assigned to Vic, without any specific charge. The following year, on September 9, 1935, he arrives in Solsona as professor of Literary Criticism and History. At the end of the year, in 1936, he was destined to go to Rome for further studies.



Faith: he was a man of extraordinary and profound faith. Simple, humble, prudent in dealing with all. Mindful of the holy Constitutions. Exemplary in fulfilling his duties. Obedient, very respectful with Superiors. He was pietistic, with a good spirit and  a mystic in thoughts. Had a great love for the Heart of Mary and Father Claret.

Outstanding talents, famous as a writer. Notable intellectual qualities. Excelled in scientific and literary studies. The author of hymns. He had a desire to be a missionaries.



He was at the house of Gracia when he made plans to move to Rome. He had delayed his trip, waiting for another companion so they could make the journey together. Thus he was surprised by the outbreak of the Revolution. On July 19, 1936, he was hosted at the home of his brother John who lived in the city, and where he was until his arrest.

At three o’clock in the morning on August 26, a militia patrol arrived at the house to make a recording in the house and occupants. On the priest, they found documents, passport, and other personal writings which the Reds studied with interest and considered as a trophy. It was like a judgment and he was detained at the Canodrono, which is near the Hospital of San Pablo. In the cell of the ground floor at three-thirty in the morning, he finds Jaime Queralt, a relative also arrested. The priest was held incommunicado.

But until five in the afternoon, he wasn’t interrogated nor gave a testimony before the full Committee. They asked for an account of his personal papers which betrayed his condition as a religious. He made the statements with calmness. He was a priest, knowing the consequences that would follow. This fortitude, according to confession of two militia, earned him the death penalty. Then his relative’s statement. After the interrogation, they met again and exchanged views. Fr. Planas was bitter, convinced that his fate was death, he said: “I don’t care if I die. I would have liked to have done the good which I had dreamed.” At nine thirty at night, a militiant called the Father and at that point his existence were lost. He had been killed in the vicinity of Sabadell for being a priest. There is no news of his place of burial. His relative was released the following day.