Jose Maria Casademont Vila

Casademont, Josep

Born on March 12, 1915 in San Feliu de Pallarols (Gerona)

Professed on August 15, 1931

Shot on July 26, 1936 in Lleida


Jose Maria Casademont was born on March 12, 1915, in San Feliu de Pallarols, a village in the province and Diocese of Girona, in whose parish he was baptized on March 15, 1915. The following year, on September 13, he received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the hands of His Excellency Francisco de Paula, Bishop of Mallorca, during a pastoral visitation.

His parents were José Casademont, a blacksmith, and Teresa Vila. They also had another son.

In 1926, he entered the Postulancy in Cervera, under the supervision as many others by the martyr, Fr Emilio Perea, as recalled in a letter.[1] The following year he would continue his Postulancy in Barbastro. In 1928, he returned again to Cervera.

On July 29, 1930, he would travel to Vic to begin the Novitiate, which would began on August 14, receiving the habit and had as his Novice Master, Father Ramón Ribera. The following year he made his First Profession on August 15, 1931.

A few days after his profession, he moved to Solsona, where he studied Philosophy. For the next few year he focused his studies in Philosophy and in 1934, would move on to his course work in Theology. In August 1935, he moved to Cervera to continue his studies of Theology.

By this time, he already showed his desires for the missions. To this effect, he prepared an article in the Catalonia Missionary magazine and also was given “the post of Chronicler Missionary… To this other one, I have been removed of the charge, Mr. Lee[2] leaving me to Mr. Illa, so here is the President of the A.M.C.”[3]

His intellectual qualities were average, but he had the ability to complete the job.

He was an observant religious and had a great commitment in virtue.

[1] On October 8, 1929, 13 Postulants, 6 of who would die martyrs: Caball, Solá, Plana, Amargant, Hortós y Casademont.

[2] Father Ignacio Ting  Pong Lee, cmf, lived because he was part of the group of priest like Father’s Julian Pastor and José Mir who were foreigners.

[3] Cervera, July 12, 1936, letter to Father Lorenzo Gandol, missionary in Tunkí, China.