Lifelong layman in the archdiocese of Valencia, Spain, baptized at the age of one day. Member of Youth Catholic Action at age 14; he eventually served as president of the local chapters. An excellent catechist, he established several “catechist centers” where he would teach each Sunday, travelling by foot or bicycle to one after the other throughout the day; he was roundly heckled and abused by people on his way as there was growing anti–Christian sentiment in the area. One night he had to resort to violence to protect his parish priest and spiritual director from a mob; this led to organizing faithful members of Catholic Action to patrol churches and convents, and Carlos himself was only just in time to rescue consecrated hosts from a church that was being looted. He was devoted to daily Mass, a daily morning Rosary, and developed a minstry to the poor. Married to Louisa Tomo Perseguar on 3 November 1934 at the parish church of Santa Maria Ontinyet; they had one daughter. Arrested at dawn on 4 August 1936 in the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War for the crime of being an active Christian. Martyr.
- “Blessed Carlos Díaz Gandía“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2016. Web. 25 February 2017. <>