Joseph Elcano Liberal

Elcano Liberal, José

Born March 31, 1914 in Oloriz (Navarra)

Professed on August 15, 1931

Shot on July 26, 1936 in Lleida


In the village of Oloriz (Navarra), Joseph was born on March 31, 1914, and due to an emergency, he received the Sacrament of Baptism in an extraordinary way by Martina Tirapu and the next day the Pastor in the parish of San Bartolome supplied the Holy Oil of Chrism and everything else prescribed by the Roman ritual. In the same parish he was Confirmed by His Excellency José López Mendoza, Bishop of Pamplona.

His parents were Don Pantaleón Elcano and Mrs. Evarista Liberal, which had seven son. Joseph was the oldest.

In September 1926, he entered the Postulancy in Alagon where he begins his studies of Humanities and would move on to Cervera in the summer of 1928.

On July 29, 1930, he left for Vic in order to begin the Novitiate year. He received the habit on August 14, under the guidance of Fr Ramón Ribera and completed the year under the direction of Fr Paul Jansa. He made his First Profession on August 15, 1931.

A few days later, he left Vic for the community of Solsona to study Philosophy, in which excelled in his studies. In the same college of Solsona, he began his studies in Theology. On August 26, 1935, he arrived in Cervera to continue his studies in Theology and classes in preaching.

His intellectual qualities were average and at times he somewhat lacked in initiatives, but he was a worker, helpful and submissive although “when critiques (seems to correct himself).” He is distinguished by his simplicity.


Martyrdom: included in the group with his classmates.