Remigio Tamarit Pinyol

Born February 13, 1911 in Sills (Lérida)

Professed August 15, 1927

Shot August 27, 1936 in Floresta (Lérida)

 

Remigio was born on February 13, 1911, in Solleras to a large family of eight siblings, all boys. His parents were Don Pio Tamarit, a barber, and Mrs. Maria Piñol, who also took care of a store. Three days later he was baptized the parish church of the Assumption. Shortly after he would receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  In the Tamarit home, harmony and Christian morals reigned. They were compliant and faithful in their obligations as Christians without missing Sunday Mass and other religious functions. Of the eight children, four were Claretian missionaries; Alfredo, Pius, Remigio and Arturo.

 

Remigio entered the Postulancy with the Claretians in Barbastro where he began studies in Humanities and would conclude in Cervera in 1924. Two years later he moved to the Novitiate in Vic. He began on August 14, 1926 taking the habit and made his First Profession on August 15, 1927. During this year his Novice Master was Fr Ramón Ribera. Father Ribera reports that Remigio was nervous and had little control, sometimes unwise, stubborn, simple yet very devoted. His fellow students also accused him of speaking little of spiritual things. Three days after his profession in a rented car, he went to Solsona along with his companions to study Philosophy. Three years later, on August 18, 1930, he was assigned to Cervera to study Theology. Though an average student, he did complete his studies.

 

On February 5, 6, and 7, 1931, he received the Tonsure and Minor Orders from His Excellency Manuel Irurita, Bishop of Barcelona. When he completed his studies, he stayed in Cervera as a teacher.  On July 21, 1936, having to leave the community house, he and Genaro Pinyol took refuge in the house of an aunt of Remigio, Mrs. Marceline, who was residing in the same city. She was a dressmaker with her daughters. The militia walked them to the home.

When they arrived at the aunt’s house, he cried: Aunt! “Aunt!

Mrs. Marcelina replied: you are home. She believed that by having them under her roof, they were safe. Both students were improperly dressed so she quickly gave them new clothes. She wanted them to be clean, well groomed, and even stylish. They were so happy that they said: Aunt, we’re not lacking a mother!

 

The two missionaries were placed in a large room with two beds. They helped Mrs. Catalina like carrying the wáter. The two students would spend time in prayer. Despite the fact that they were afraid, they accepted the will of God and in their discussions used to say: Nothing more than what God wants. Remigio later took refuge at the home of Cormellana, one of his pupils. A few days later he returned to his aunt. The situation did not improve and his friend Genaro had to leave for health reasons. Then they prepared for the journey. Preparing for the trip, Mrs. Marcelina made mechanic outfits. They wore navy blue shirt with red lacitos, without a jacket or beret. She prepared a delicious dinner and gave them something for the trip. As they left, the missionaries said to the aunt:

If we don’t meet again, then in heaven.

 

At midnight on August 25; He left with Genero and together were brought to the cemetery of Floresta to be shot. Before being executed on August 27, 1936, they were able to pray, and to write a farewell letter to their families, which arrived the following day. Remigio Tamarit wrote:

 

Goodbye until. Remigio

Luis, Mary, petits… Pio… Arturo… Aunt Marcelina, … Adéu Mr Roque.. Romona… Merce… Gloria… Adéu, Adeu, Adeu Moro dient: Long live Christ the King. Remigio C.M.F.

 

These two missionaries as they had agreed, at the time of the shooting shouted three times Long Live Christ the King! And the Committee in turn responded: Long Live the Social Revolution. According to the eyewitness the shots were not simultaneous or accurate because of the killers. Remigio was badly injured with shots to his shoulder. They would be buried in the cemetery.