Fernando Castan Meseguer

Castan, Fernando

Born April 1, 1915 in Fonz (Huesca)

Professed December 8, 1932

Shot October 19, 1936 in Mas Claret-Cervera (Lérida)

 

In the village of Fonz, located in the province of Huesca and Dioces of Lleida, Brother Fernando was born on April 1, 1915. He was baptized ten days later in the parish Church of the Assumption located in the town. On October 15, 1915, he would receive the Sacrament of Confirmation by the Bishop of Lleida, during the anual pastoral visit.

His parents were Francisco Castan, a laborer and Maria Meseguer a homemaker. They were blessed with five children, of which three would enter religious communities: his brother Francisco, who would be a Claretian martyr in Barbastro on August 15, 1936, and a daughter who became a Discalced Carmelite Nun.

He entered the Claretian postulancy of Barbastro in 1928. There he began studies in the Humanities and would continue in Cervera until the summer of 1930. During this time the Prefect of Postulants was Fr Jose Ribe. In view of the difficulties he encountered in his studies, in January 1931, he chose to begin the program of a Brother Coajutor.

Towards the end of the year, he went to the Novitiate in Vic. As a Brother candidate, he began the intense program of prayer, study and dicipline. Completing the program and with approval, he made his First Profession on December 8, 1932. His first assignment was the college of Barbastro. His second assignment would be in Cervera, where he served in a variety of ministries.

 

Qualities: His age was somewhat of an asset and he was a healthy young man. His conduct received recognition by his Superiors and had some good skills for working.

 

Martyrdom

Not living in the community of Cervera for a long time, he was surprised the Red Terror of the Marxist Revolution. Being forced him to leave the house on July 21, 1936, he chose to take refuge in the estate of the Mas Claret a few days later. Since he was a strong man and good worker, he made good use of his time on the farm. Working in the fields, he seemed to find time for prayer and to prepare the martyrdom. As with many of the other Claretians, he too was call from the field to join the other in the courtyard for a photo. October 19, 1936, rather than a photo, he was murdered along with other 18 fellow religious.