Blessed Jacinto Blanch Ferrer

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The son of José Blanch Bosch, a secretary, and Maria Ferrer Raurell, Jacinto was baptized on the day of his birth in his parish church of Santa Maria. His was a large and pious family; all his siblings would enter religious life, five of them as Claretian Missionaries. He made his First Communion at age 12, and entered the Claretian Missionaries‘ novitiate on 21 July 1884 in Vic, Spain at age 16. He studied in Vic, then Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and made his profession on 18 September 1885. Ordained a priest in the diocese of Zaragoza, Spain on 12 March 1892. As a seminarian, Jacinto had not been noted for scholarship, but was an immensely practical young man. He was assigned to teach Latin, and soon developed the speaking skills to preach in a series of Spanish cities for several years.

In the early 20th century, antiCatholic violence broke out in Spain. Father Jacinto convinced some local nuns to wear street clothes instead of their habits in order to work in the community without persecution. He conducted a covert ministry in private homes for those who feared making their faith public, and he mixed with antiCatholic mobs to talk them down from burning churches. His church and community house in Barcelona were burned in 1909. Jacinto was made superior of the community, and oversaw its reconstruction from 1911 through 1913. Superior of the Claretian community in Sallent, Spain in 1920 where he oversaw re-construction of their entire infrastructure.

In addition to a strong devotion to the Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary, Father Jacinto was a student and devotee of Father Anthony Mary Claret, the founder of the Claretian Missionaries. He served as Vice-Postulator the Cause for Canonization of Saint Anthony Mary Claret and Father Francesc Crusats Franch from 1916 to 1936, and he published a bibliographic study of Father Claret.

When the Spanish Civil War began in earnest, Father Jacinto moved to the house of Don Eugenio Bofill from which he continued to conduct his covert ministry, celebrating Mass in private homes, receiving other Claretians for instruction, hearing Confessions, teaching catechism, and leading groups to pray the Rosary. On 17 August 1936, fearing his work and visitors would draw attention to the Bofill family, he moved out; he was seized by the militia on 19 August. We have no record of his last two days, but he was executed on 21 August for the crime of being a priest. Martyr.

Born

Died

  • shot on 21 August 1936 in Pedrales, Barcelona, Spain
  • interred in a niche in the Bofill family mausoleum in the All Saints cemetery
  • his bones were later thrown into a common grave, making identification or recovery of relics impossible

Venerated

Beatified

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Jacinto Blanch Ferrer“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 October 2017. Web. 20 January 2018. <>