Nicolas Campo Jimenez

Campo, Nicolas

Born March 5, 1920 in Salvatierra (Alava)

Professed June 11, 1936

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

 

In the town of Salvatierra, within the province of Alava, Nicolas Campo Jimenez was born on March 6, 1920. His parents were Don Nicolas Campo, a laborer and Romana Jiménez, a homemaker. He was baptized the following day in the parish of Santa Maria. On April 3, 1921, he received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the parish of San Juan from the Bishop of Vitoria.

When he was fourteen years of age, he entered the Novitiate of Vic, with the desire to be Brother Coadjutor. Sadly the preparation for the Brother candidates was limited and culturally they were not given the status they deserved. He completed his Postulancy prior to the Novitiate and with much fervour and decision to be good religious, as evidenced by his writings and purposes during the Spiritual Exercises of November 1934. He wrote something similar during the month of May 1935. On June 10, 1935, he began the test year under the direction of Fr Joseph Arner, who would also be a martyr in Vic. Completing the year and with the approval of his Novice Master, he made his First Profession on June 11, 1936.

Shortly after, he was assigned to the resident community in the former University of Cervera. He had barely begun to know the immense building, when he was forced to abandon it, as has been mentioned on other occasions. July 21, 1936, was a sad day for everyone who had to leave the commmunity house to find refuge in San Ramón. On August 2nd, along with Father’s Jose Ribe and Julio Leache, they arrived on the estate of the Mas Claret.

In the farm, he did his best to live a life of piety in the community and considering the circumstances, saw the need to prepare for martyrdom. In the meantime, he dedicated himself to the work in the field. On October 19, 1936, with the trap of taking a photograph of everyone who was on the property, he gathered together with the other missionaries without thinking of an escape. Brother Campo had been plowing with a pair of mares in the vineyard. Fr. Ribe went to call him. To see him so young, sixteen years of age, one of the Committee members pinched him to see if he had faith. Then, along with the other seventeen members, he was taken to the outskits of the farm and shot.