Blessed Vicente Soler Munárriz

detail of a painting of Blessed Vicente Soler Munárriz, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Father Vicente of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

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Joined the Augustinian Recollects on 15 May 1883 while studying at the seminary in Tarragona, Spain. Assigned to Manila in the Philippines where he was ordained on 31 May 1890. Missionary to the island of Mindoro, and then on Mamburao an island known as a hideout for criminals where he ministered to men hiding in caves or the woods around his village. Assigned to the parish of Taysan, Batangas, Philippines, he was imprisoned on 30 July 1898 during the Philippine fight for independence from Spain. He was shifted from place to place, abused, neglected and finally released in Manila on 27 February 1900 through American intervention. There he resumed parish ministry for six years, and served as prior of the Augustinian mother-house of the Philippine province. In November 1906 he returned to Spain where he served in various ministries including prior of convent at Motril, Granada where he revitalized both his brothers and the laity leading to an increase in tertiaries, the Brotherhood of Consolation, and a Catholic farmer‘s union. A noted preacher, Father Vicente sent his brothers out to preach in parishes throughout the diocese. He became an historian of the Augustinians, and author of several essays on their history. Augustinian provincial prior from 1915 to 1918, and then from 1924 to 1926. Elected Augustinian Recollect Prior-General in 1926. Imprisoned on 29 July 1936 in the antiCatholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War, he spent his time ministering to other prisoners. When he and 19 other prisoners were put up against the wall for execution, he spent his last few minutes giving absolution and blessing to his fellow victims. Martyr.

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Venerated

Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Vicente Soler Munárriz“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 November 2016. Web. 11 December 2016. <>