Joined the Salesians in 1890. Ordained in 1895. Secretary to Blessed Felipe Rinaldi for ten years. Director of the College of La Esmeralda in Sarria, Spain. Leader of the Salesians in Camaguey, Cuba in 1916. Salesian Provincial for Bolivia and Peru. Salesian Provincial in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain in 1925. Known not just for his administrative skills, but as a mentor and spiritual director for his brother Salesians. In the persecutions the Spanish Civil War, he was arrested while conducting a retreat in Valencia; the others there were imprisoned, but because he was a priest, Father José was sent out for immediate execution. Martyr.
- “Blessed José Calasanz Marqués“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 July 2015. Web. 3 December 2016. <>