Miguel Facerías Garcés

Born February 22, 1861 in Perarrua (Huesca)

Professed March 24, 1893

Shot February 22, 1937 in Caseta de Alboquers (Barcelona)

 

Brother Facerías was born on February 22, 1861, in Perarrua, a town in the province of Huesca and Diocese of Barbastro. His parents were Don Miguel Facerías, a tailor by profession and Ms. Maria Garcés. He was baptized in the parish Church of the town eight days later.

The Brother, before entering the Congregation practiced the profession as a tailor. He entered the Congregation on September 4, 1881, and in the Novitiate of Barbastro when he was 21 years old. Soon had to return to his town because of an illness. After he returned to the Novitiate and made his First Professeion on May 24,  1883.

After a few months, he was assigned to Alagon, where he stayed until 1889. That same year, in August he was transferred to Cervera as the tailor. Being in this school in 1893, his work as a tailor and was well received. As was demonstrated by his hard work, he was requested in Cervera and Barcelona in 1910.

In 1904, he was in Olesa de Montserrat to cure his health.

At the end of 1906, he was sent to Vic which would be his final destination which lasted 30 years. The responsibilities he had in this community was the same as always: tailor. He directed the tailoring with unbeatable competition because he understood the cutting and the cloths.

 

Qualities and virtues

His health was average. His level of instruction was average in reading and other areas, although he did very well his work. A helpful quality was the he was able to teach the crafts to others.

Formal, pious, exemplary as a whole. Conduct outstanding and very helpful.

Very observant, docile and held in high esteem and confidence.

Fervent as a religious.

 

Shelters, detention and martyrdom

Brother Facerías left the convent July 21, 1936, along with Brother Ciriaco García who had been sick. They took refuge in the house of Mr. Vineta. During the days they spent in this house, they dedicated themselves to exercises of piety with much fervour, frequently praying the rosary.

Brothers Facerías and Garcia, after obtaining a medical certificate explaining his disease from Dr Candido Bayes, he presented this paper to the Committee for authorization and permission to go to the convent of the Josefinas Nuns. These Nuns were responnsible for a hospital in care of the elderly. One from the Committee asked who they were and they replied that they were Brothers of the Heart of Mary. Then he said to them:

“You deserve four bullets.

Don’t bother, since we are old men, two bullets would be enough,” replied Brother Facerías.

On August 13th, they were admitted in the hospital. Brother Facerías would often leave to get to contact other members of the dispersed community. Warning him that if he left there would be problems, he responded:

I don’t care if they kill me.

On December 17, 1936, the hospital of the Nuns was dissolved. Brother Facerías went to Mr. Vinet’s home but this time he wasn’t admitted. Then he took refuge with two nuns in the Masia Casa Nova of the Clos, a Manor of one of those religious, located in the Municipality of Santa Cecilia de Voltrega. In the Masia, he continued with his acts of piety and prayer. He helped those residing there who had need of a tailor and taught catechism to the children.

He was arrested on February 22, 1937, by a complaint made to the Mayor, who said that they had to protect the people from the clerics. It was his seventy-seventh birthday, so he distributed sweets among the children and was very happy. About three in the afternoon four gunmen arrived at the Masia. They said they had come to register the occupants. Brother Facerías was in a grove and when he finished his prayers, he returned home unaware of what was happening. They tried to tell him to escape, but he didn’t understand. When he entered the house they told him and he answered with great serenity:

If it is the will of God, I am ready for martyrdom.

Then the militiants spoke:

Who are you?

I am the tailor of the Missionaries from La Merced

Do you know someone in Vic?

Yes, I know the mayor.

Come, you will go to make a declaration.

Will you give me a chance to change my clothes?

As he went, he said:

Padrina, do you think that I should put on two pairs of pants to spend the night in jail? What is more certain is that they will kill me. Do you see the birthday I received? It just might be that I will complete it in heaven.

Taking some rosaries

Look, take them because they will desecrate them. Here’s one for your mother Carmen and when she dies pass it onto Carmencita. Here are seven pesetas… I am very grateful. I’m just sad for missing Conception, say goodbye to her, but say that in heaven I will remember her often.

When he finished speaking they all cry.

There are no tears that will soften things, interrupted by the Chairman of the Committee, nobody softens my heart, not even my wife can do it.

The grandmother raises her voice and said:

If they want to kill him for having celebrated Mass, know that he hasn’t ever.

Brother Facerías says goodbye to all the family saying:

God Bless!

Cheers! It is observe the militiant, but the Brother, as if he hadn’t heard, he repeated the farewell:

God bless! And if we don’t see one another soon, then in heaven!

They took the Brother to the headquarters of the Committee, where he was subjected to ridicule. The driver, by order of the Mayor of the town, tells the President of the Committee:

Where are you taking the brute beast? This old geezer cannot stand on his feet? Aren’t you ashamed to kill someone so old?

This is a friar or a canon. We must put an end to this race of people.

And from there, they went in the direction of Vic, to the Commissioner of Defense. According to the testimonies, in the early hours of February 23rd, they led him to a place known as the Pont del Llop (Bridge of the Wolf), and shot him because there they found his body. He was buried in the cemetery of Alboquers.