Blessed Eugenio Sanz-Orozco Mortera

Blessed Eugenio Sanz-Orozco MorteraAlso known as

  • José María of Manila



Son of Eugenio del Saz-Orozco de la Oz, the last Spanish mayor of Manila, Philippines, and Felisa Mortera y Camacho. Educated at Ateneo de Manila University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and University of Santo Tomas. Against the wishes of his parents, Eugenio felt a call to religious life, and joined the Franciscan Capuchins in Lecaroz, Navarra, Spain on 4 October 1905, taking the name José María; he made his solemn profession on 18 October 1908. Ordained a priest on 30 November 1910. He wanted to return to the Philippines, but was unable to, and so stayed to minister to the poor in Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Eugenio Sanz-Orozco Mortera“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2018. Web. 20 September 2021. <>