Francisco Simon Perez

Simon, Francisco

Born January 29, 1916 in Murchante (Navarra)

Professed August 15, 1932

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

 

Francisco was born on January 29, 1916, in Murchante, Navarra.  He was the son of Don Bernardino Simon, a laborer and Felicitas Pérez a homemaker. The day after his birth, he was baptized in the parish Church of the Assumption, belonging to the Diocese of Tudela. When he was three years old, he received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the Bishop of Tarazona.

In January 1927, he entered the Postulancy of Alagón, in the province of Zaragoza, and completed the first year of Humanities. He would move to Cervera in the summer of 1929 to continue his studies.

On July 28, 1931, along with his classmates, he moved to Vic for the Novitiate. He would begin the probationary year in August. When he completed the year of study, prayer and tests, he made his First Profession of Vows on August 15, 1932.

Two days after Professions, in a rented car, he began the journey with 14 companions to Solsona to pursue their study of Philosophy. At the end of August 1935, he would move to Cervera in order to begin classes in Theology. Though he was very talented, at times he would become nervous. He was a average worker but exhibited good behavior. With the Marxist Revolution, he didn’t complete his studies and was forced to leave the residence of the former University of Cervera. On July 21, 1936, he went in the search of a safe place to take refuge. Not sure of where to go, he ended up at Mas Claret two days later. In the farm, he dedicated himself to working in the field, a life of prayer, and to prepare for the martyrdom. This would happen on the afternoon of October 19, 1936.