Vicente Vázquez Santos

Born on August 23, 1915 in Villada (Palencia)

Professed on August 25, 1931

Shot July 26, 1936 in Lleida


In the Palencia village of Villada, within the Diocese of Leon, Vincent was born on August 23, 1915. He was the son of Don Vicente Vázquez, a day laborer, and Mrs. Concepcion Santos. He was baptized in the parish church of Santa Maria on August 29, 1915, and Confirmed two years later by His Excellency José Alvarez Miranda, Bishop of León, who was making his pastoral visit to the parish.

His father died when he was three years old. When he reached the age of 11, under the influence of his uncle a Claretian, Father Anastasio Vázquez,[1] he entered the Postulancy in Alagon (Zaragoza) on August 1926. Later, his brother Emiliano would also enter the community. In Alagon, he began his studies of the Humanities and two years later he would move on to Cervera with remarkable achievement. His Prefect during his Postulancy was Fr José Ribe.

On July 29, 1930, he began the Novitiate in Vic. He received the habit on August 14, 1930, and would make his First Profession on August 25, 1931. The next day moved on to Solsona to study Philosophy. In Solsona he also completed the first course of Theology due to a reorganization at the school. In the summer of 1935, he arrived in Cervera to continue his studies for the priesthood.

He studied with great achievement, demonstrating ability to learn languages, both modern and ancient, especially Greek. In his free time, he and Amadeo Amalrich would share stories in Greek. He also wrote very well in Greek and would eventually collaborate in the Katholikon of Athens. Perhaps because of this gift, in a report it states he “could spend a little more time in this virtue.” In spite of this assessment, his behavior was always exemplary however, he did suffer frequent headaches. He was humble and pious.

All his hopes of being a priest, religious and scientist was truncated on July 21, 1936. He had to leave the former University of Cervera and took refuge first in San Ramon, and then at Mas Claret, where he was forced to flee to the following day. He was part of the group of Father Manuel Jove, who was arrested in Ciutadilla and shot in the cemetery of Lleida on July 26, 1936.

[1] Born in Grulleros (León) on August 17, 1895;