Onesimus Agorreta Zabaleta

Agorreta Onesimo

Born on February 16, 1916 in Ujué (Navarre)

Professed on August 15, 1932

Shot on July 26, 1936 in Lleida


The student Onesimus Agorreta was born on February 16, 1916 in the village of Ujué (Navarre), within the Diocese of Pamplona. He was baptized in the parish of Santa María la Real in the Villa by the Pastor on February 18th, and confirmed on October 14, 1916, by José López de Mendoza, Bishop of the Diocese.

His parents were Don Julian Agorreta, a laborer, and Francisca Zabaleta.

He entered the Postulancy in Alagon, on August 31, 1927. He excelled the first year of preparation in 1st and 2nd level of Humanities. His Prefect was Father José Ribe. In August 1929, he would move to Cervera for further studies.

On July 28, 1931, he was transfered to Vic for the Novitiate. He received the habit on August 14th, and began the year under the direction of Father Paul Jansa, and would receive his First Profession on August 15, 1932.

Two days later in a rented car, the 15 newly professed students were taken to Solsona to study Philosophy. The Prefect was Fr Felipe Calvo. Onésimo received good grades demonstrating his intellectual qualities and knowledge of several languages.

He moved to Cervera on August 26, 1935. Here again he encountered Fr Felipe Calvo as Prefect. The Superior of the community and Rector of the College was Father Jaime Girón.

In the reports from the Provincial it read that he was a little careless but docile and recognized. He was only 19 years old! At the end of 1935, another report reads as follows: “improve his encouragement of formation although it will cost much to be accepted…” In a report from Father Felipe Calvo in the beginning of 1936 it reads: “currently seems to be in the process of prudence, since a number of the disappointments that has resulted from his intemperate and trusting simplicity, to which he exhibits restless nervousness. But very talented and healthy.”

In the few writings there are some reflections of February 1936, in which it reflects his determination towards perfection, to improve the acts of piety, meditation and examination of conscience, in the observance of the rule of silence and not to criticize the Superiors. To do any mortification to promote the love of Jesus and Mary. And it concluded: “My private devotions are: the Way of the Cross, the three parts of the Holy Rosary, seven Our Fathers to St Joseph, and Seven Sorrows of Mary.”

Martyrdom: He was a member of this group led by Fr Manuel Jove.