Miguel Oscoz Arteta

Born on November 12, 1912 in Artazu (Navarra)

Professed on August 15, 1930

Shot on July 26, 1936 in Lleida

 

In the town of Artazu (Navarra), on November 12, 1910, Miguel Oscoz was born and would be baptized on the day of his birth at St. Michael the Archangel Parish. He would be Confirmed on June 15, 1915 by His Excellency José López Mendoza.

His parents were Don Leon Oscoz, a laborer, and Mrs. Eugenia Arteta, who had eleven children. Miguel was the oldest. Two other sons, Eugenio[1] and Francisco[2] were also Claretian Missionaries. Two of his mother’s sisters were Religious Hospitallers.

He received a solid formation in school and two years of instructions, including Latin under the guidance of Don Constantino, so that on October 1, 1926, he would entered the Postulancy in Alagon, and began the second course of Humanities. In the letters he wrote expressing his happiness and good grades in Latin. In the summer of 1927, he moved onto Cervera to continue studies obtaining excellent grades.

          On July 30, 1929, he went to Vic for the Novitiate. He received the habit on August 14, of which he writes to his aunt Sr. Eufrasia the following day: “contingent on receiving the Holy Habit from the hands of our illustrious Father Font, C.M.F., Bishop of Tarija (Bolivia).” His Novice Master was Father Ramon Ribera. Completing the probationary year, he would make his First Profession on August 15,  1930.

Three days later, in a rental car, he moved with his companions to Solsona to study Philosophy. In a note to his family he informed them of the possibility of completing two courses in Philosophy, so as to leave for Cervera where he hoped to join with his brother Eugenio. This did not happen and he had to complete the first course of Theology in Solsona. Then he was presented with the problem of military service and since he wasn’t declared useless, he couldn’t make his Perpetual Profession or receive first tonsure and Minor Orders. He couldn’t be transferred to Cervera due to a disease until September 30, 1933, while his companions left on the 22nd. Two days later he was sent to Mas Claret to replenish his health, and “nerves,” as he wrote to his mother on November 8, 1933. For this reason he didn’t take any courses that year. He did complete 2nd Theology in 1934-1935.

          In letters he encouraged his brother to progress in science and virtue, which are considered the two foundations of a missionary. As he wrote to his parents, he would also give vocational promotions to his numerous brothers.

 

Qualities. He had solid intellectual qualities with skills for music. He was humble, affable, charitable, supportive, and seldom ever angry.

He loved his vocation and in all the letters asked for prayers to persevere in the Congregation.

About the political situation and its consequences, he wrote to his father on March 30, 1936:

“Maybe before the current developments are somewhat uneasy about my situation; two words should reassure you. Up to the present nothing adverse has befallen us. Anyway I don’t think they will catch us by surprise. In the end the Superiors have kept us close to home for greater security. Don’t wait for new notice which may bring about questions. We will always be in the hand of Divine Providence and the glorious Patriarch St. Joseph.”

 

Martyrdom

Along with everyone that was part of the group led by Father Jove, he would also be shot.

[1]  Born July 23, 1917

[2]  Born December 22, 1925