Antonio Cerda Cantavella

Cerdá Cantavella, Antonio

Born on September 25, 1915 in Jativa (Valencia)

Professed on September 27, 1931

Shot on July 26, 1936 in Lleida


In the city of Jativa (Valencia), Antonio was born on September 25, 1915, to a Christian family and was baptized two days later on the 27th, in the college Chapel of the city. He was Confirmed in this same Chapel on May 21, 1924, by His Excellency Prudencio Melo, Archbishop of Valencia.

His parents were Don Antonio Cerda, a cabinetmaker, and Ms. Maria Cantavella. They had two other children who were also Claretians; Brother Coadjutor martyr, Jose Maria, who was born on December 8, 1904, and Professed on August 15, 1923. He would die violently in November 1936, and the student Enrique, who was born on January 7, 1910, and Professed on August 15, 1927. He died on December 20, 1933 in Cervera.

At the end of July 1926, he entered the Postulancy in Alagon, where his Prefect was Father José Ribe. Here he completed the first two years of Humanities with good grades. In August 1928, he moved on to Cervera to continue his studies.

On July 29, 1930, he went to Vic to begin his Novitiate. Not reaching the canonical age of 15 years old, he didn’t receive the habit on August 14, with his peers, but received the habit on September 26,  and would be directed by Father Ramón Ribera and finally under the direction of Father Paul Jansa, making his First Profession on September 27, 1931.

The next day moved to Solsona to study Philosophy, but also completed the first Theology course in Solsona. On August 26, 1935, he moved to Cervera to continue his studies in Theology.


Qualities: In the first report of 1931, it said that he was in very good health, but three years later it would say he was sickly. Of good behavior, docile, easy going, mindful, but not entirely free of faults, like everyone else, and exhibited a willingness to work.

Martyrdom: as all the members of Father Jove’s group.