Angel Dolcet Agustí

Born September 5, 1914 in Soses (Lérida)

Professed September 24, 1930

Shot August 21, 1936 in Lleida

 

Brother Dolcet was born September 5, 1914, in the village of Soses in the province and Diocese of Lleida and was baptized in the parish Church of San Lorenzo of Soses eight days later. His parents were Miguel Dolcet, an elderly man of  61 years and a laborer, and Mrs. Rosa Augsti. When he was ten years old, he entered the Postulancy of Cervera. In a letter which he wrote to his mother for Christmas informing her that he was very happy, but when it came to studies, he was only average.

In 1929, he entered the Novitiate of Vic. He was guided under the direction of Fr Ramón Ribera and would make his First Profession on September 24, 1930. Shortly after his Profession he was assigned to the community of Cervera as shoemaker. He was truly respected and appreciated by the community. In early 1935, he was re-assigned to the house of Vic. In reply to a letter from his mother of February 27th, he reminded her that in the letter addressed to him, she should write Mr. D. without making any reference to the Claretian Missionaries or religious. This implied that they were already facing conflicting times.

 

Qualities and virtues

His Novice Master noted that he was docile, laborious, silent, something flighty in prayers. This would quickly change for in community he was taken as very pious and observant. In the reports of the Provincial, he is described as having very good health and behavior as well as consistent in his work responsibilities.

 

Dispersion of the community of Vic

Brother Dolcet belonged to the community of Vic at the outbreak of the Religious persecution and had to flee because the Reds burned down the house and the Church. The Superiors, in principle saw that religious were making good decisions in their host families as it was a good solution. After with the reckless and dangerous situations, this was not the best solution.

Among those that adopted this measure was Brother Dolcet, that after spending two or three days in hiding, he went to the Town Council to see about getting a pass; they told him he had come to the wrong office and that he had to go to another office near the Carmen to get the pass. He immediately completed the requirements. The one placing the seal, a Mr. Ferrer, former singer at La Merced (the Church in Vic), added in the pass that he was a religious. The same happened to Brother Arrufat, who was planning to take a trip to his town.

Both went to Barcelona with another religious from Brother Arrufats town. To avoid the dangers of what was taking place in Vic, they hired a private car to Balanya and from there took a train to Barcelona. They got lost in the city. Getting off the tram a boy from Cervera gave them directions. They went to the house they were looking for the owners were gone, so they had to wait at the door. While they were waiting, the religious with amazing simplicity told the Porter that they were religious. This didn’t go well with Brother Dolcet. When they owners arrived, they treated the religious very well. Seeing on the pass that it was written religious, they were told:

But where are you going with that? Don’t you realize if they ask for you papers, they will shoot you?

One of the ladies went to police headquarters to find out if one could travel without a pass or was necessary to acquire it. Those traveling by train or car don’t need a pass, but if they are in private cars, they will need the pass. Hearing that information, the lady decided to destroy the passes. They stayed for two nights and a day in Barcelona and on August 4, 1936, the religious left for their town. To avoid dangers it was agreed that Brother Dolcet would take the train to Lleida and Brother Arrufat and the nun would go by car.

 

Imprisonment and martyrdom

Brother Dolcet carried a letter entrusted to him by one of the priests of Vic to be delivered to a family he planned to visit because he had to go through Lerida to reach his town. Arriving in Lleida, the militia took his information and the letter led  them to believe he was religious. Then arrested him and took him to the municipal jail. It was August 7.

In prison, he was placed in a cell with Brother Ramon Banuelos, a Marist religious. Together they prayed the Rosary and encouraged each other to prepare for  martyrdom. Brother Dolcet was resigned and happy with the blessing he would receive. They also endured many sufferings and privations. They also found Brother Grau, who testified that Brother Dolcet was calm and resigned to accept death.

After he was transferred to a cell with a few seminarians from Tarragona. He remained there until August 20. Then Brother Dolcet gave the seminarians the few pesetas that he had, he jacket, shoes and any other clothing with the request that they be given to the poor. He was led away with the other religious and priests to the cemetery of Lerida. When questioned if he was a religious, he didn’t hesitate to confess he was a religious and was shot in the early hours of August 21, 1936. His remains were buried in the grave of the martyrs.